Rain Gardens / Native Plants

Cuyahoga SWCD is selling Native Seed Packets!
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Rain gardens are attractive, landscaped areas planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting 'wet feet.' They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. The district has assisted installing over 30 rain gardens across the country, regularly presents on Rain Gardens to local groups, worked on creating the Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners instructional guide which is downloadable by clicking on 'Rain Garden Manual' icon to the right, or by calling the office at 216/524-6580.

Native Plant Lists
Landscaping for Biodiversity with Ohio Native Plants - A Species Guide for Plantings - Cleveland Metroparks put together this native plant resource guide for more ideas for your garden planters, beds, etc. Most plants listed are carried by local nurseries.
Native Plant list - Cleveland Metroparks put together this more comprehensive native plant list, which includes some harder to find plants.
Native Plant list 2 - Cleveland Museum of Natural History native plant recommendations for landscaping

Places to buy Native Plants locally:
Native Plant Nurseries - website listing regional nurseries (once on the website, scroll down to the map, and click on a location you'd like more information about)
Avalon Gardens, Chardon, OH
Biodiversity Landscape Design and Supply Company – Leroy Twp, Ohio -440-254-3168
Bremec on the Heights, Cleveland Heights, OH
Genius Loci Inc. - Elyria, OH - native plant nursery and ecologically focused design-build firm
Gilson Gardens, Inc. - Perry, OH
Green Circle Growers - Oberlin, OH
Kline Nursery Sales - Perry, OH
Licursi Home & Garden - Kirtland, OH
Nodding Onion Gardens - Columbia Station, OH (they sell plants at the Frostville Farmers Market in Rocky River Reservation)
Ohio Prairie Nursery - Hiram, OH
Perennials Preferred - Chesterland, OH
Royal Victorian Garden Center - North Royalton, OH
Spence Restoration Nursery - Indiana (not so local, but huge selection)

Places to buy Rain Garden Soil Mixture:
Kurtz Brothers - Bio-Retention Soil mix or you can make your own - the recommended soil mix for a rain garden is 50-60% sand, 30-40% loamy topsoil (from your local garden store or landscape supplier) and 5-10% organic matter (from your yard waste compost)

Other Resources
LEAP for Biodiversity - Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity - make sure to check out their native plants of the year page!
Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio
Wild Ones Ohio Chapters
Do Your Part. Replace Invasive Plants with Natives

Lastly, be on the lookout for Spring Native Plant/Tree Sales like at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Cleveland Metroparks, Holden Arboretum, or adjacent Soil & Water Conservation Districts (Lake County, Summit County, Geauga County).

2017 Native Plants Sales!

Please let us know if we missed any local native plant resources as we're happy to update this resource list!