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Build Your Own Native Planting Area

A native planting area is an attractive garden with a special purpose - to improve local landscape aesthetics, increase habitat area for native wildlife, and reduce the impacts of storm water on area streams. 

Below you can find an educational brochure, planting plans, and material supplier list - all the information for a fun do-it-yourself project at your fingertips. If you don't want to do-it-yourself, check out our contractor list.

Native Planting Area Brochure and Planting Plans
Customize your native planting area to not only help improve water quality but also fit it to your own landscape preferences or needs. Do you have a lot of shade in your yard? Do you want to make sure plants don't get too tall and block your views? Or would you like a bird and butterfly garden? See below for easy to understand planting plans and plant lists.

Native Plant Garden Plans for different types of spaces:
NOTE: Various plant species can be substituted for those suggested by the garden plans above. Keep in mind that different plants require different amounts of light and water

Local Rain and Native Garden Material Suppliers
The material supply lists are provided to help you find the necessary materials for you to build and plant your garden. Wondering where you can find the necessary native plants, soil amendments, or drainage stone for your garden? The below supply lists provide that resources.

The planning and construction of a small rain or native garden can usually be a do-it-yourself project; however in some instances, it may be necessary to hire a professional. 

You want to make sure the professional you hire is able to design your garden to your satisfaction and also fulfill city requirements. This fact sheet is designed to help you get started in the process of hiring a professional to assist you with your garden design and construction.