Tired of wasting time and money? Try replacing your current grass lawn with some of the native Ohio plant suggestions; even if it is just a small area to start. Lawn replacements offer many benefits to the environment and you, such as habitats and food for animals, butterflies and bees. Native Ohio plants are accustomed to this region, so they take less maintenance. When you reduce mowing, you also reduce environment and noise pollution, plus you’ll have more time on your hands to enjoy your yard.
A strong advocate for lawnless garden design, the author writes, speaks, and participates in national organizations connected with this cause. Here she makes the case in numerous ways and provides plenty of design ideas for meadows and prairies, patios and play areas, ponds, xeric and rain gardens, and edible gardens, to name a few options. She includes specific plant recommendations as well as guidance for converting lawn to garden. For those committed to at least some lawn, she discusses “smarter” and eco-friendly lawn making. Also available in eBook.
“Native Plants of the Midwest,” by regional plant expert Alan Branhagan, features the best native plants in the heartland and offers clear and concise guidance on how to use them in the garden. Plant profiles for more than 500 species of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, and annuals contain the common and botanical names, growing information, tips on using the plant in a landscape, and advice on related plants. You’ll learn how to select the right plant and how to design with native plants. Helpful lists of plants for specific purposes are shared throughout. This comprehensive book is for native plant enthusiasts and home gardeners in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, northern Arkansas, and eastern Kansas. Also available in eBook.
Ornamental grasses provide glorious visual impact and a dynamic sense of movement. They are easy to care for, provide excellent wildlife habitats, and are sustainable. Neil Lucas captures all this in a practical, accessible, and beautifully illustrated book that appeals to gardeners who want a contemporary garden without too much effort. Includes information on prairie gardens, borders, screens, containers, dry gardens, wetlands and so much more. Also available in eBook.
For all levels of gardeners, a simple, recipe-style approach to creating long-lasting gardens with year-round interest shows readers how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements to add the finishing touches. Also available in eBook.
Aside from discussing the use of chemical-free fertilizer and insect controls for typical grass lawns, this volume offers suggestions for such alternatives as a flower-filled meadow, moss and ground coverings, sedge lawns, and prairie grass and wildflower lawns.
Describes how to remove high-maintenance, resource-hogging lawns and replace them with alternative grasses, ground cover plants, and hardscaping that are more eco-conscious and easier to sustain. Also available in eBook.
“Building Natural Ponds” is the first book to walk through the steps required to design and build a natural pond without the need of pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals. Coverage includes pond ecosystems and natural algae control, planning, design, aesthetics, and siting, plus highly illustrated step-by-step construction guidance, plants and fish, maintenance and troubleshooting, and large ponds and pools. Also available in eBook.
Demonstrates how to create designer container gardens using groups of plants selected to be ideal growing companions, sharing recommendations for various preferences from a simple salad garden to a combination for attracting hummingbirds. Also available in eBook.
The flowers are blossoming, the foliage looks fantastic, and the plant combinations are gorgeous. So why doesn’t your garden satisfy? The problem just might be a lack of hardscaping—structures like arbors, paving, walls, fountains, pools, and decks that delineate, ornament, animate, and add dimensionality to a garden.
Ohio Native Plants – Online Resources
Go Native! – ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources)