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Plan your garden or container

 

Bee City USA, Howard County, Maryland

Native plant pollinator garden templates

Garden templates featuring layout and specific native plants for dry, moist, sunny and shady gardens and everything in between.

Nuts for Natives

Free native garden templates

The PDF manual has 24 specific native planting templates for all sorts of situations from dry sun to moist shade to everything in between. Want to attract frogs? There is a plan for that. Love the color violet? There is a plan for that. Turtles? Ditto!

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Native plants for the small yard

This book includes: A description of the connection between native plants and local ecology; Guidance on flower garden designs for your yard, including nine different design templates you can use and/or modify as you wish; Advice on installing and maintaining a flower garden; and Information on the best native plants for small spaces, as well as visual guides for common yard weeds and invasive plants.

Audubon PA

For the birds

Three DIY native garden designs for the birds that cover a variety of light, soil and moisture conditions. Right plant, right place. This is the key to a successful planting in your garden space. These designs allow the beginner to start small and expand over time.  

National Wildlife Federation

Six tips for pollinator gardens in small spaces

If you don’t have a traditional garden space where you can plant directly in the ground, you can plant in containers and place them on your patio, deck, rooftop or front stoop. Select a few different kinds of plants of varying heights, colors and textures.

Prairie Moon Nursery

Potted garden kits

All Garden Kits are designed with a diversity of 14 species of wildflowers and grasses (2-4 plants per species) for blooms spring-fall, perfect for starting a native garden! Orders ship when all the species in the tray are well-rooted and transit-ready, early May through June.

Better Homes & Gardens

Nature lovers' gardens

Our nature lover's gardening will be your garden color with plenty of ideas. There's something special about a natural garden filled with life, find out here how to attract butterflies with garden plants. You'll find everything you need to know to transform your garden into a nature-lover's garden retreat.

Watershed Stewards Academy

Conservation landscape design tool

This tool provides guidance on installing conservation landscapes (sometimes called BayScapes).  Based on a few choices, the guidance is tailored to your needs.  After a short interaction with this website, you should have most or all of the information you need to begin and maintain your project.

Better Homes & Gardens

Nature lovers' gardens

Our nature lover's gardening will be your garden color with plenty of ideas. There's something special about a natural garden filled with life, find out here how to attract butterflies with garden plants. You'll find everything you need to know to transform your garden into a nature-lover's garden retreat.

Watershed Stewards Academy

Conservation landscape design tool

This tool provides guidance on installing conservation landscapes (sometimes called BayScapes).  Based on a few choices, the guidance is tailored to your needs.  After a short interaction with this website, you should have most or all of the information you need to begin and maintain your project.

Rainscapes - a Montgomery County Program

Rain gardens 

Detailed planting design templates and plant lists for rain gardens. 

Frederick County's Green Homes Challenge

Design and construction of a rain garden

In a rain garden, rainwater from paved surfaces, downspouts, and lawns is collected in shallow, low-lying areas planted with native vegetation to be stored temporarily, absorbed by plants, and percolated into the ground. Pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticide residue, oil, and heavy metals can be trapped by the rich soil and root systems in the rain garden, permitting cleaner water to slowly soak down through the soil and rocky subsoil until it recharges groundwater supplies.