Illustrated guide to native plants for WNY available for free from Riverkeeper

Native-Plant-Guide from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
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To see the guide on native plants, go here:

by Connie Oswald Stofko

There are lots of reasons to use native plants in your garden.

I like them because they’re low maintenance. Because they have adapted to our climate, they can survive hot, dry summers without me having to get out the hose. They can take cold, snowy winters without any fuss, too.

Native plants attract birds and insects, which can help pollinate our plants. Native plants aren’t  aggressive, as some non-native species can be.

I think one of the reasons gardeners don’t use native plants more frequently is that they don’t think native plants are attractive, or perhaps gardeners just don’t know what native plants look like.

To solve that problem, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has created the Western New York Guide to Native Plants for your Garden, available for free online.

The guide is beautifully designed and contains lots of photos so you can see what the plants look like. They’re organized into categories: ground covers, perennials, grasses & ferns, shrubs, trees and vines.

The guide also includes planting plans for six different types of garden: butterfly garden, songbird garden, winter garden, shade garden, rain garden and streetside garden.

There’s another section with tips on designing, planting and maintaining your garden. It includes a list of invasive species and good native alternatives.

This is a helpful guide to use as you’re making your gardening plans for spring.

This project was funded through a grant by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee.

Don’t forget that Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper sells rain barrels, too. Even though you can’t keep rain barrels outside during the winter (they will split when the water inside freezes and expands), I was delighted one year to get a rain barrel as a Christmas gift.

15 Comments on “Illustrated guide to native plants for WNY available for free from Riverkeeper

  1. Is this still available? The link no longer works and I am VERY interested in reading this for some help with building a lovely garden here in WNY

  2. Kate, you can see a list of landscapers in our Gardening Directory. Scroll through the list or click on the landscapers category. This is a busy time of the year for landscapers, so you may not be able to get an estimate until August or September. When you contact them, please let them know you heard about them through!

  3. Can you recommend any local landscapers that could help us get started? We would love to transform our backyard which is currently just grass.

  4. Could you tell me where I might purchase seeds
    or native plants as I am going to plant a in a plot
    Of 60 sq. ft. Mu home is in Maple Springs
    Thank you

  5. This pdf is fantastic! Thank you. Besides walking through the woods with a shovel and bucket, where can we purchase/locate these plants for our gardens?

  6. Thank you for alerting to the Riverkeeper guide to native plants. What a valuable resource.

  7. Riverkeepers is a great organization. I think your use of invasive is not as NYS describes. In the general use of the word, a native plant can overwhelm an area, it just might not “cause economic or environmental harm.” I think both native goldenrod and cattails (both the native and the non-native invasive) get out of hand in some places, where that is all one can see in fields or wetlands. Excessive cattails affect fish breeding and lower water levels. Just a thought.

  8. I clicked on the link ‘Western New York Guide to Native Plants for your Garden’ and had no problem at all.

    Thanks for all the great info!

  9. I try do open up the native plant guide and I get an annual fire arms discharge report very strange

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