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Garden Spaces: Grow a Native Plant Garden

Grow a low-maintenance native plant garden full of hardy plants. Learn the basics of native garden designs and how to spot edible native herbs in the wild.



Sage makes a beautiful addition to any native landscape. Plant Salvia nemorosa ‘Amethyst’ or S. nemorosa ‘Cardonna’ for extra color.
Photo by zorani
Flax is a carefree herb that grows to about 20 inches and comes in both annual and perennial forms. Add its pretty blue flowers to your summer garden.
Photo by Krivosheev Vitaly
Black-eyed Susans are one of our most beloved wildflowers.
Photo by Foxtrot101
Beyond the common garden sage (S. officinalis), and its multi-colored varieties, there are many other garden-worthy salvia species and hybrids. Plant clary sage (Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica) in your native herbs garden.
Photo by Saxon Holt
Design a native garden with low-maintenance plants featured in our plant key.
Illustration by Gayle Ford
Grow these 11 native plants for a low-maintenance garden.
Illustration by Gayle Ford

















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