Landscaping with Native Plants

To promote the use of native plants in gardens and landscapes, TN-EPPC developed a set of three brochures in the 1990s, each designed specifically for East, Middle, and West Tennessee. These popular brochures were recently revised and consolidated into a single statewide document for easier use and wider application. The new version retains most of the original informative features including physiographic province details and comprehensive plant listings with culture specifications for woody species plus a greatly expanded selection of garden-worthy herbaceous perennials.

Landscaping with Native Plants – Tennessee
Landscaping with Native Plants – East Tennessee
Landscaping with Native Plants – Middle Tennessee
Landscaping with Native Plants – West Tennessee
Native Evergreens for Landscaping

Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants

TN-EPPC developed “Tennessee’s Native Plant Alternatives to Exotic Invasives: A Garden & Landscape Guide” to encourage gardeners and landscapers to avoid invasive plant species still sold as ornamentals in nurseries and garden centers. This brochure suggests native plants whose desirable aesthetic or practical characteristics make them appropriate replacements. It has just been revised to reflect the current TN-EPPC Exotic Invasive Plant List.

Native Plant Alternatives Brochure

Native Plant Resources

Native Plant Gardening Reading List

This list of local, regional, and national books provides a wealth of information for gardeners and landscapers interested in using native plants. Reading List.

TVA Native Plant Selector

More than 140 plants native to the Tennessee Valley are featured on this site. It includes photographs and details about height, light preference, flowering time, and more. TVA Native Plant Selector

Tennessee Nurseries

These nurseries carry a wide variety of plants native to the state and the Southeast.

East Tennessee Middle Tennessee West Tennessee
Overhill Gardens GroWild GardensOyVey
Shy Valley Farm Nashville Natives Trees by Touliatos
Sunlight Gardens
Tennessee Naturescapes

Botanical Gardens’ and Nature Centers’ Native Plant Sales

East Tennessee
Ijams Nature Center (Knoxville) — October
Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center — two sales, mid-April and mid-September

Middle Tennessee
Cheekwood Botanical Garden (Nashville) — late March/early April

West Tennessee
Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis) — April
Lichterman Nature Center (Memphis) — mid-April

Native Plant Landscaping Conferences

The Cullowhee Conference: Native Plants in the Landscape is held each July at Western Carolina University and features informative lectures and workshops and a vendor area with a wide selection of native plants for sale.

The Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville, PA, occurs in early June. This 3-day conference also features lectures, workshops and plant vendors.

The Central South Native Plant Conference at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, AL, is held every three years.

Tennessee Native Plant Society
Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee
Native Plants for Tennessee
Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones
Wild Ones
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
University of Tennessee Herbarium
Plant Native
Going Native
Grow Native