Avant Gardening

Native Plants Available at Avant’s Summer Plant Sale

Native Plants in the Landscape

More gardeners are becoming aware of the benefits of using native plants in their landscape. In addition to providing a nurturing and healthy ecosystem for birds, insects and other wildlife, it helps eliminates the need for pesticides, fertilizes, excessive watering, as well as use of air polluting landscape maintenance equipment.


Earlier this week our team was given a private tour of the UW Arboretum’s Native Plant Gardens, we were so impressed by the diversity and interconnected ecosystems on display.

If you’re interested in “going native” here is a partial list of great plants. Any with an asterisk* will be available for purchase during our SUMMER PLANT SALE! Saturday, June 25th from 9AM – 4PM!  

CLICK HERE to download and print your $5 OFF coupon! 🙂 Anyone who visits our nursery will also receive a FREE native prairie seed packet! 

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Perennials and Grasses:

*White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

*Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)

*Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

*Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

*False Indigio (Baptisia australis)

*Common Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

*Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

*Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

*Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

*Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium)

Cranesbill/Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

*Avens/Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

*Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

*Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa)

Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

*Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

*Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

*Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)

*Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)

*Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

*Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)


Trees & Shrubs: *We have the ability to order any native trees or shrubs that you’re interested in, just ask one of our nurserymen 🙂

River Birch (Betula nigra)

American Hornbeam or Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana)

*Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Creeping Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

*Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)