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Native Planting Resource Center​

​Mayor Hogsett and the Office of Sustainability encourage the use of storm water as a valuable natural resource instead of managing it as a pollution source.  Rain gardens and native planting areas are a beautiful way for you to help use storm water as a valuable natural resource. The Native Planting Resource Center connects residents, businesses, and institutions with the resources and tools to design and build their own garden or native planting area.

What’s New?

It’s never too soon to start planning your native planting garden! Whether its fall and you want to prepare the soil before winter or spring and you want to start planting. As you begin your planting for the year, the Office of Sustainability encourages you to choose native plants and non-invasive species when deciding what to plant around your home or business.

To help you get started, here's a list of Native Indiana Plants:​

Native Trees Native Shrubs ​Native Flowers
Eastern Red Cedar ​Serviceberry ​Redbud
​Hemlock ​New Jersey Tea ​Aster
​White Pine ​Spicebush ​Dogwood
​Hackberry ​Ninebark ​Goldenrod
​Tulip Poplar ​Sumac ​Bee balm
​Shagbark Hickory ​Elderberry ​Phlox
​Red Maple ​Gray Dogwood ​Liatris
​Oaks ​Silky Dogwood ​Purple Coneflower
​Walnut or ​Butternut ​Virginia Sweetspire ​Summer Sweet
​Red Bud ​Winterberry Holly
​Black Gum ​Buttonbush

More approved native plants can be found here. Remember, our Office is here to help! If you have questions about native plants and non-invasive species, send an email to​

Build Your Own Native Planting Area

A native planting area is an attractive garden with a special purpose - to improve local water quality, reduce the impacts of storm water on area streams, and beautify the community. Communities around the country have experienced dramatic reductions in storm water pollution due to citizens installing rain gardens and native plantings on their properties. Check out the Build Your Own page for more information.

Register Your Native Planting Area Program

If you are within the city limits of Indianapolis, you are encouraged to register your native planting area with the City of Indianapolis and elect to receive a sign for your yard.  Forms for registering your native planting area can be found under "Resources" on the right hand side of this page.

Planting in the Right-Of-Way

What is the right-of-way?

A right-of-way is city owned property along streets extending beyond the edge of the road. Commonly, this is the lawn strip between street and sidewalk.

A permit is required for any tree planting, landscaping, spraying, bracing, removal or pruning work in the city's right-of-way.

Apply for a Flora permit Apply for a Flora permit​​​​​

Need Assistance?

If you have questions about native planting areas, please send an email to​



Preferred online submittal-Send to:
Send a hard copies to:
Attn: Office of Sustainability 
Native Planting Program​
200 E. Washington Street
Rm 2460
Indianapolis, IN 46202

​Pollinator Partnership Quarterly Reports​