When selecting plants for your garden or other landscaping areas, it’s important to consider a number of factors. Picking native plants ensures you get species that will thrive in your area, while getting drought-tolerant plants can help both your pocketbook and the planet (not to mention your time).

Jeannie Coley, a longtime member of both the Oklahoma Native Plant Society and the Cleveland County Master Gardener Association, recommended four native plants that, once they are well-established, will thrive with minimal water; attract bees, butterflies and birds; and are beautiful, to boot!

For more information and resources on Oklahoma’s native plants, visit oknativeplants.org. Coley notes that the following local nurseries sell natives and tough plants that are likely to survive in Cleveland County: