Plants for your Rain Garden

Why native? Flowers and trees that are native to our area have deep roots that suck up water. That is a good thing when you are in a rain garden! 

What to plant?  Choose from our list. Over the past decades, we have tried out rain garden plants in neighborhood gardens. These are the plants that do well in rain gardens, and people like them.

Trying to buy Michigan Native Plants?

Here is a list of nurseries that specialize in native plants - in southeast Michigan.

Washtenaw County Conservation District Native Plant Sale

We are working together! The Conservation District - famous for selling small trees - now holds a native plant sale in the spring and fall, in collaboration with Washtenaw County Water Resources.

Washtenaw County Native Plant Nurseries  

Windy Rock Farm & Nursery

Pollinator friendly plants with a Michigan native emphasis.

6750 Sharon Hollow Road, Manchester, MI 48158. Within 15 to 30 minutes of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea!

Open Monday – Saturday, 9-6, April through October. Come shop! 

Vince Ste. Marie, Owner. [email protected]   734.358.8260 

Windy Rock Farm & Nursery offers perennial wildflowers, flowering trees, and flowering shrubs of benefit to pollinators, disease resistant fruit trees for the organically minded home grower, edible landscape plants, and pollinator gardening books. Check out this Manchester Mirror interview with owner Vince Ste. Marie.

Wild Cherry Farm


Maegen Gabriel, owner.  Find her at the Chelsea Farmer's market on Saturdays, spring and fall seasons.

Offering native plants - selected especially to support pollinators. Search for plants based on the butterfly you would like to attract and support!

New Leaf Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants.


Chris Oesterlin, Owner. 734-330-7175 email: [email protected]   Facebook. Instagram

Online store. We are an appointment only nursery. We now offer shipping for all our forbs. We do not ship trees and ferns at this time. You can also pick up your plants. You will schedule an appointment to come and get your order when checking out.

We are continuing our operation by growing our plants in primarily deep plugs, which we sell in full trays, mix and match kits, or individually. We are currently growing over 150 species and are continuing to add more this season.


Native Restoration Solutions

Native trees and shrubs. Wholesale and pickup by appointment.

19185 Bush Road, Chelsea , MI 48118. 

Peter Danley, owner. [email protected]  734-589-9704

Ypsilanti Native Plant Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants

Ypsilanti, Laura Bien, owner. [email protected]

Free home delivery to residents of 48198 and 48197; scheduled pickup in Depot Town for other residents

Feral Flora

Feral Flora principally grows Michigan-native plants from wild collected seed. Additionally, we offer some 'nearly native' plants along with natives that are not Michigan genotype.

3825 Nixon Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Matt Demmon, owner. [email protected]  734-224-2080

Hickory Nut Homestead

5310 Hickory Nut Lane, Dexter, MI 48130

Michael Schofield, owner. 734-358-1142 [email protected]

Hickory Nut Homestead is a small farm and retail nursery located in Dexter, MI. We offer a self-serve native plant roadside stand at our homestead, contactless pickup or doorstep delivery of plants ordered through our website, and (soon!) a mobile plant nursery that brings native plants to public and private events.

Downtown Home & Garden

Selling plants from Wildtype Nursery - right in downtown Ann Arbor!
210 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Native Plant Sale

Held every August.

2023: August 19 - August 20. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A sale of plants native to North America, many grown at Matthaei and representing plants growing in our spaces such as the Great Lakes Gardens.

NCS Native Plant Nursery @ Wildflower Acres LLC

57835 8 Mile Rd.,Northville, Michigan 48106

(248) 513-1909 [email protected]

Michigan Nurseries - Outside of Washtenaw County


Michigan genotype native plants, grasses, shrubs, trees.

900 N Every Rd, Mason, MI 48854

517-244-1140  [email protected]

Bill Schneider, owner

Check here for public sale dates:

Michiganense Natives

21734 Taft Road, Northville, MI 48167

Adam Huttenstine, [email protected]

On Facebook:

Selling on Etsy, with delivery

Pre-ordered porch pickups only

Sideoats Farm & Native Nursery

Pinckney, Michigan (~15 miles north of Ann Arbor)

Chelsea Lisiecki, Farmer/Owner

[email protected]
Chelsea cell: 206-276-8364

11571 Serenity Ln, Pinckney, MI 48169

*Our farm is our home and is currently not open to the public.  Please drop us a line to schedule a visit! Or visit the Plymouth Farmer's Market at our booth starting in mid-June.

East Michigan Native Plants

(formerly Designs by Nature East)

Michigan genotype native wildflowers and grasses. 

Durand, MI


Angela Nelson, owner

Are you doing online orders?  What is the website/ contact info? YES!!  That was our focus to start this year!  We have several URLs for our website with our name conversion... each will redirect to the above site.

Are you doing curb-side pickup? YES!  Orders online can be picked up street-side at our nursery just outside of Durand, where there is a no-contact pickup station.  (free)

We, also, are now shipping (fees apply) to anywhere in Michigan!  (We aren’t licensed, unfortunately, to ship outside of Michigan.)

We are, also, offering no-contact delivery (fee applies) to addresses in Shiawassee, Genesee, or Lapeer Counties!

Orders can be placed online, via email and by calling us at 810-333-7501


Hidden Savanna Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants, grasses, shrubs, trees.

Chad Hughson, owner

100 N Van Kal St

Kalamazoo, MI 49009


All sales are entirely outdoors with 6’ distancing and masks/covering required. No children under 16. 

BetterFinds LLC

Specimen & Architectural Grade Michigan Natives

Lynnette Fouch Bugenske

2749 Schemm Street

Saginaw, Michigan   48602-3727

BetterFinds is taking orders, delivering within our Lansing to Midland client base, and, still vending at our normal, early-opening Farmers Markets in May & June — Midland Area, Meridian Township (Okemos), and Eastern Ingham (Williamston). And if someone makes it worth The Lady’s time, would be happy to drive to the Ann Arbor area – if nothing else, meet us halfway in Williamston.

Best link is BetterFinds Facebook Page – info; daily images of available stock; all the information.

Plants for Ecology

Plants for Ecology is a native plant business based in Troy, Michigan. All the plants I carry are native to Michigan. Read on to find out more, and please share this with others. Thank you.

Brendan Nolan, Owner and Operator

My 2020 native plant sales are all moving online through this website. Simply choose “Purchase Native Trees and Shrubs” and/or “Purchase Native Plants” from the menu above. As always, a percentage of the profits will support three great organizations: West Bloomfield Nature Room, Stage Nature Center, and Clinton River Watershed Council. Plants will be available online through June 11th 2020. Thank you for all the orders so far. What a great response! Species will be added as they become available. Please continue to check back.

Michigan Wildflower Farm

Michigan genotype native seeds

[email protected]

11770 Cutler Rd, Portland, MI 48875


Esther Durnwald, owner

We are taking and processing seed orders made online, email and telephone.  We are primarily shipping seed orders, but if customers are local or passing through our area we are happy to schedule curb-side pick up for this.  

We are experiencing higher than ever online seed orders for we are inspired and oh so grateful for at this time. 

Four Seasons Nursery

North American Native Plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses.

Traverse City, MI


[email protected]

Our retail plant selection includes trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses. We also continue to promote our PLANT MICHIGAN/PLANT NATIVE program, encouraging homeowners to use native plants. We are the Traverse City dealer for Morgan Composting products, both bulk and bagged, as well as bulk mulches for topdressing your garden. 

Canada Anemone and Blue Flag Iris in Ruth Lewis's rain garden 2014

Here is a beautiful shady rain garden. Iris virginica (Blue Flag Iris) and Canada Anemone create a simple and beautiful planting plan.