From planning your landscape to selecting native plants and dealing with noxious weeds, we have your garden covered. These resources help you play a part in preserving the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, the largest intact and ecologically diverse ecosystem in the United Sates.
Landscaping and Beyond the Garden
Need a bit of professional help? Our parent company, Forestoration, Inc., contracts with conservation-oriented clients to create thoughtful and artful landscapes.
Located on the same property as the Center for Native Plants, Forestoration, Inc., is a design and general contracting firm that works with conservation-oriented clients. The company’s scope of work includes land restoration, trail and park design and construction, landscape design/build, and forestland management.
Plan Your Natural Landscape
Creating Landscapes in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains (pdf)
Learn how to create xeriscapes with native plants that reduce water and maintenance requirements. Includes ToDo and plant-selection lists.
Waterfront Landscapes (pdf)
A quick guide on planning your landscape along a body of water. Includes a short list of plants suitable for this habitat.
Identify, Select & Grow Your Native Plants
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
Offers an abundance of inspiration and resources on selecting and growing native plants. Includes plant guides, images, suppliers, and learning resources.
Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS) Plant Guide (pdf)
A list of recommended native plants for the Flathead Valley. Includes plant characteristics such as plant height and sun and moisture requirements. We carry many plants listed on this document.
Montana Plant Life
Features information on 250 species of Montana native plants, complete with high-quality images, full plant descriptions, and (when applicable), information on edible, medicinal, and poisonous plant properties.
PlantNative’s Native Plant List for Montana and Wyoming
Your starter list for native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, wildflowers, and grasses. Center for Native Plants carries many of the plants listed on this site.
RNGR (Reforestoration, Nurseries and Genetic Resources) Native Plant Network
A well of information and resources on the plants and methods that can help you restore your land to its natural habitat (restoration), conserve your land’s natural resources, and replant your land with trees (reforestoration).
A national leader in the natural landscaping movement, Wild Ones offers many resources that help you select the right native plants for your natural landscapes. Includes information on pollinators and invasive plants.
Yard & Garden Publications (from Montana State University Extension)
Most of these PDFs are free to download and include information on flowers, fruits, tree and shrubs, and landscaping.
Identify Plants that May Be Toxic to Your Pet
A list of plants that may be harmful to your pet, provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Select Deer Resistant Native Plants
Minimize Deer Browsing
Presents several strategies that help you minimize the amount of deer munching that goes on in your garden. Includes the Center for Native Plants list of deer resistant plants.
Select Native Plants that Attract Pollinators
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants (pdf)
A colorful guide for getting to know each of the pollinators and thinking like a pollinator so you can plan your garden. Includes a list of native plants that attract pollinators.
Flora Montana’s Wild House of Bees
The Center for Native Plants carries these beautiful handcrafted bee houses made from salvaged lumber and plant materials. Be sure to check them out when you visit our nursery!
Montana Native Plants for Pollinator-Friendly Plantings (pdf)
If you don’t want to pore through loads of info, this quick guide will get you going on a pollinator-friendly garden. Includes a grid of bloom periods that will help you plant for a full season (May–October) of color.
Selecting Plants for Pollinators (pdf)
Another colorful pollinator guide that includes an extensive list of native plants and the pollinators they attract.
USDA’s Spotlight on Pollinators
Learn what pollination is, why it is important, the animals and insects that pollinate, and planting strategies for attracting pollinators.
Learn About Soil
USDA’s Healthy Soil for Life
Learn what healthy soil is, what soil does, and how to manage your own soil for best growing results. Includes a list of resources and publications.
Buy Montana-Area Native Seeds
Located in Arlee, MT, Native Ideals grows and harvests native seeds on its Western Montana farm using growing practices that preserve the natural resiliency and wild traits of Montana native plant species. Native Ideals seeds are available at the Center for Native Plants.
Native Seed Foundation
Devoted to ethically collecting fresh, high-quality seeds, Native Seed Foundation has refined the art of equipment selection, harvesting strategies, and timing of seed collection.
Plant your Trees
NRCS Guide for Planting Containerized and Balled & Burlapped Stock (pdf)
Guidelines to help you plant your tree properly and help ensure it thrives in your garden and on your landscapes.
Use High Country Apps to Identify Montana Native Plants
A guide to the wildflowers and other flora of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks and surrounding areas.
A guide to the common grasses of cropland, pasture, and range in Montana and the West.
Flora of the Yellowstone Region
A guide for outdoor enthusiast to the wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees and other plants of the Greater Yellowstone Region.
Deal with Noxious Weeds
MSU Extension Publications on Noxious Weeds
Lots of information here, from a complete list of Montana’s noxious weeds, to information on each species and how to manage your weeds.
Flathead County Weed Department
309 FFA Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
USDA Plants Database—Introduced, Invasive, and Noxious Plants
Lists common and scientific names for Montana’s noxious plants; scroll down the page for other noxious plant resources.
In-depth Learning Resources for Native Plant Species
Montana Field Guide
A great, visual assist for identifying plants within a genus and to use alongside a dichotomus key of plant families.
USDA Plants Database
A comprehensive database of Montana’s native plants and plant topics; includes a gallery of 50,000 images.
Flathead Valley’s Native Plant Organization
Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS)
Preserves, conserves, and studies the diverse native flora of Montana and educates the public on the values and benefits of our native plants.
Montana Native Plant Society (MNPS) Flathead Chapter
Conducts monthly meetings, programs, and field trips for chapter members.
Flathead Valley Land & Conservation Sites
Flathead Conservation District
Works with Flathead Valley groups, landowners, and schools through programs aimed at conserving soil, water, and other natural resources.
Represents a diverse group of communities around Flathead Lake with the mission of providing leadership and a strong voice for protecting and improving Flathead Lake’s water quality.
Flathead Land Trust
Strives to preserve the beautiful tapestry of the Flathead’s lakes, rivers, farms, and forests for future generations.
Whitefish Lake Institute
Committed to science, education, and community stewardship of Whitefish Lake by conducting scientific research, engaging in community stewardship, and offering educational programs.