Handy List of Plant Lists

Ilona Erwin

Nothing has been more helpful to me than having a list of plants for specific situations.These lists were often included in the Appendix sections of the older garden books, and I found myself referencing them constantly as I got to know my garden and encountered specific or challenging planting situations. There are lists within posts, and some which are simply plant listings.

I thought it would be beneficial to everyone to have a reference like that online “List of Lists of Plants”, and here is mine… for you.

Lists of Native Plants

OSU Lists of Native Ohio Plants
Native Ohio Plants
Native Midwestern Shrubs

Deer Resistant Plant Lists

Jeff Chorba’s List of Deer Resistant Plants
Alderleaf College Plant List

Lists for Xeriscaping, Plants for Dry Places

Plants for Dry Spaces
Native Ohio Plants for Dry Places
Tough Plants

Lists of Plants for Wet Places

For Quagmires: Landscape Plants for Wet Sites
Walter Reeves List

Lists of Shady Plants

Purdue Horticulture PDF: Shady Plants
Illustrated Cold Climate List
PDF list from Cornell U.

Lists of Perennials

12 Midsummer Bloomers
Plants for a Cottage Garden

Herb Garden Plant List

Lists of herbs for many uses

Cutting Garden Plantlist

By Color

Purple Foliaged Plants
Blue Garden Plants
White Garden

Hardy Roses

Small List of Hardy Roses

Plants for Butterflies, Birds, and Bees

Butterfly Plants
Plants for Bees
For the Birds


Morton Arboretum Intermediate Deciduous
Native to the Midwest

Healthy Crabapple Trees

North Carolina Cooperative List
Morton Arboretum’s excellent list

Miscellaneous Lists

Fragrant Plants
Finding the Correct Latin Names for Plants: the Plantlist .org
Plants for a Cottage Garden
Some Plants I Grow
Flowers for Dry Decorations

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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.