Asked July 29, 2021, 3:41 PM EDT
Summit County Ohio
Welcome to Ohio! It's always so great to meet gardeners who know the value of native plants and want to use them in their yards.
I imagine you found a lot of great information online, but here are several good sites we use often:
Because you just moved here, I'm sure it would be valuable for you to talk with other gardeners who are experienced in your specific location. I suggest that you contact the Extension Office in Summit County at https://summit.osu.edu/ and ask to talk with their Extension Educator or Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator. Your online question was referred to me, but I live in the southwest part of the state in zone 6a, so I really think it would be best for you to be able to consult with someone who lives and gardens in your area.
Finally, I'll bet that you are already familiar with the writings of Doug Tallamy, but if not, I would recommend checking out his books on working with native plants, especially Bringing Nature Home. He also has a website at https://homegrownnationalpark.org/ with information about restoring biodiversity, one yard at a time.
If you are not able to get answers from Summit County, please write back with more questions, and we'll be happy to try to help!