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 how native nurseries are selling plants during the Stay-at-home order. 

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 us. Pre orders are now open. Orders are due Friday, April 30th!   

Plant pick up at the Spring Tree & Native Plant Sale on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9-12PM. at the Farm Council Grounds (5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd) .

JUNE 5th, 2021: 9 am - 1 pm
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd

Reserve your Ticket/s (free) to the Native Plant Expo & Marketplace.
* Tickets not required to pick up products ordered on this store.

Washtenaw County Native Plant Nurseries  

New Leaf Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants.


Chris Oesterlin, Owner

The best ways to place orders are by phone 734-330-7175 or email: [email protected]

We are an appointment only nursery and will do whatever we can to meet our customers needs whether it is in-person (six feet of separation) or curbside service. We are currently in the process of developing a website, which will hopefully be up in a couple weeks. 

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.

We will be posting updated plant lists on facebook until our website is ready. 

Abbott’s Nursery

Cultivars of North American native species: perennials, trees, shrubs, grasses.

2781 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


[email protected]

Mike Abbott, owner

Are you doing in-person sales?

Yes, Service at your car window. No wandering about the nursery at this time.

Unless invited, customers need to stay in their car. We approach them (masked) and help them. We have a drive thru and view area to display plants, hard-goods, ornaments and tools. Our displays will change as new materials arrive.

Are you doing online orders?  

E-mail a plant list to:  [email protected]

Are you doing curb-side pickup?

Yes, we like pre-orders, but on busy days the phones back up and it’s difficult to keep up. If possible calling during the week helps.

Ypsilanti Native Plant Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants


[email protected]

Laura Bien, owner

--No in-person sales this season

--Orders are via my online store, prepaid:


--No curbside pickup; free home delivery to residents of 48198 and 48197; scheduled pickup in Depot Town for other residents

Feral Flora

Michigan-native plants from wild-collected seed. Offers some ’nearly native’ plants, as well as Michigan natives that are not Michigan genotype.

3825 Nixon Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

[email protected]


Matt Demmon, owner

Order online through the Green Things Farm Collective, and pick up at the Farm Stand north of Ann Arbor. For orders of full plug flats or full 3” flats, email us directly: [email protected].  Public sale day on May 17th, at Green Things Farm.

Native Plant Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants and grasses


3000 E Delhi, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Greg Vaclavek, owner

Will start selling after May 15th. Order via phone and curbside pickup at Delhi, or Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

Plants with Purpose

at Windy Rock Farm

Pollinator friendly plants with a Michigan native emphasis. 

Vince Ste. Marie, Owner

6750 Sharon Hollow Road 

Manchester, MI 48158


[email protected]

Are you doing in-person sales?

Yes, while respecting health guidelines.  Cash and checks are preferred, but we have the ability to do cards as well. 

Are you doing online orders?  

We do not have a website, but are happy to provide our brochure/plant listing via e-mail to anyone interested.  Phone (734-223-3242) or e-mail ([email protected]) inquiries regarding specific availability are welcome and pre-orders are encouraged. We are not a brick-and-mortar store with set hours, but a family farm with an open-air nursery, so we invite folks to call or e-mail and come out ‘by appointment’.  Thursday through Saturday work best. Plant Catalog

Are you doing curb-side pickup? We could do that if a customer wished.

Michigan Nurseries - Outside of Washtenaw County


Michigan genotype native plants, grasses, shrubs, trees.

900 N Every Rd, Mason, MI 48854


[email protected]

Bill Schneider, owner

2020 Public Sale Days - Canceled

After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Public Sale Days. That does not mean you cannot purchase plants from us this spring and the rest of the season.  

Retail Customer Pre-Ordering and Pickup

We would like to encourage customers to place orders by email to be picked up at a prearranged date and time after May 15.   We can do this while maintaining a safe physical distance. You can find an order form and more details on the retail page of our website  

Michiganense Natives

Adam Huttenstein, [email protected] Northville, MI

On Facebook:

Selling on Etsy, with delivery.

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 currently not open to the public.  Please drop us a line to schedule a visit!

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!  Website can be found at: 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

The nursery is closed to visitors, and therefore, no shopping at the nursery is currently allowed.  Our policy may change by the end of May, however, after our covered hoop houses are uncovered for the remainder of the season.

I am hoping to start a "video concierge" by appointment, via zoom or skype, where I will take customers shopping through the nursery using live video sharing.  I will also be able to personally advise customers during this appointment time.

Public sales through nonprofits May 23rd and May 31st, but host organizations are adjusting to the situation month by month. 


Hidden Savanna Nursery

Michigan genotype native plants, grasses, shrubs, trees.

Chad Hughson, owner

100 N Van Kal St

Kalamazoo, MI 49009


We are doing in person sales on our retail sales dates starting on May 16th (mostly weekends, but we’ll be adding a few weekday dates because of COVID).  Dates/Times are posted on our website.  All sales are entirely outdoors with 6’ distancing and masks/covering required and we will be limiting the number of people shopping at one time. No children under 16. 

We will do orders via email or phone, but we are having difficulty keeping up with communications as we have not had seasonal staff yet this spring.  

We will do contactless pick-up if desired.  Nursery is on 33 acres; so spacing is not an issue :-)


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.

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

And if you would be so kind to include a link to our blogpost in your communication — ‘2020 Michigan Native Plant Sales & Events’

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, 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.