Save the pollinators! Learn about native plants and how they can help.
Find our favorite varieties below. Visit us to see what Native Plants we have in stock for your yard!
What are "Native Plants"?
Native plants evolved or adapted to our local environment for thousands of years, and are an important part of our local habitats and ecosystems. They are the most sustainable plants for our specific area.
They can stand the test of Ohio weather!
Native Plants are adapted to our growing conditions and have evolved to thrive in our climate. They are comfortable with the amount of rainfall we receive, to our unique soils, our hot humid summers, and our cold winters.
Why YOU should have native plants in your landscape:
Increase food sources for pollinators and wildlife
- Provides an abundance of nectar for hummingbirds, native bees, butterflies, moths, and bats
- Tender plant leaves are needed for native caterpillars
- Birds eat seeds produced by plants in late summer
Supports birds, insects, and wildlife
Almost 96% of our terrestrial bird species feed on insects, not seeds.
Fun Fact: It takes more than 4,800 caterpillars to raise one brood of chickadees
Native plants are also advantageous, because:
- Native plants require less water than lawns and help prevent erosion.
- They can significantly reduce water runoff and, consequently, flooding.
- Native plants help reduce air pollution by removing carbon from the air.
- Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife.
- Native plants are beautiful and increase home values!
Native Plants You'll Find at Graf's:
Fringed Bleeding Heart
Joe Pye Weed
Ohio’s State Wildflower
Our selections change seasonally, but here is a comprehensive list of varieties we carry each year.