Wildflower Planting Resources with References and Links
Check out the following planting resources for information on plants and gardening. These include information on plant selection, wildlife gardening, and conservation practices.
GENERAL PLANT & GARDENING INFORMATION
USDA PLANTS Database – The PLANTS Database provides standardized and comprehensive information about plants of Canada, the U.S., and U.S. territories.
The Biota of North America Program – BONAP provides in-depth information on the entire vascular flora of the continent north of Mexico, as well as for Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Database – Explore the wealth of native plants in North America and search for 12,072 native plants by scientific or common name or choose a particular family of plants.
All-America Selections – Explore new, never-before-sold varieties for the home gardener which are trialed by anonymous volunteer horticulture professionals and then selected for their superior performance.
Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder – Find an extensive list of plant descriptions and helpful cultural information with photos on this searchable database of plants.
USDA Zone Finder – Locate your hardiness zone to determine which plants are most likely to thrive in your location. Searchable by ZIP code or by reviewing the interactive map.
GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE
The National Wildlife Federation – Create your own backyard wildlife garden and get it certified through America’s largest and most trusted conservation organization.
The Audubon Society Backyard Habitat Certification Program – Learn more about revitalizing urban landscapes with urban gardeners and to create your own natural backyard habitat for wildlife.
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses – Join the education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment by enhancing the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide.
Pheasants Forever – Learn more on the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.
Ducks Unlimited – Learn about the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation. These members are made up of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts throughout North America.
FARM BILL CONSERVATION PRACTICES
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) – Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices
Conservation Stewardship Program – CRP helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns
USDA-FSA Conservation Reserve Program Summaries & Statistics – View a list of monthly and annual collection of current and historical CRP data.
NRCS Field Office Technical Guides by State – Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.