The Midwest Native Plant Primer

225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden


By Alan Branhagen

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Bring your garden to life—and life to your garden!

Do you want a garden that makes a real difference? Choose plants native to our Midwest region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment—from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. Native plant expert Alan Branhagen makes adding these superstar plants easier than ever before, with proven advice that every home gardener can follow. This incomparable sourcebook includes 225 recommended native ferns, grasses, wildflowers, perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees. It’s everything you need to know to create a beautiful and beneficial garden.

This must-have handbook is for gardeners in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


  • “Concise descriptions and ample color photographs [that] make it approachable and likely to be useful to a wide range of gardeners. The index includes both common and scientific names.” —Booklist

    “Gardening has never been more Minnesota-friendly than with The Midwest Native Plant Primer.” —Midwest Home Magazine

    “An easy, breezy guide to garden-worthy trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and vines for Midwestern landscapes." —Star Tribune

    “Offers both inspiration and enlightenment for gardeners throughout the Midwest.” —The Columbus Dispatch

    A great reference for serious gardeners.”—Cleaveland

On Sale
Jul 21, 2020
Page Count
256 pages
Timber Press

Alan Branhagen

About the Author

Naturalist and plantsman Alan Branhagen is director of operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and former director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. He specializes in botany, butterflies, birds, and garden design.

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