Midwestern residents have to deal with the grazing and trampling of their shrubs by Odocoileus virginianus or the white-tailed deer. There are many choices of ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials that are deer-resistant. These are links to some North American natives that will work in the Midwest. Remember, when the weather is sever enough, deer will eat just about anything.
Midwestern residents can save money by collecting their own seeds.
It’s an advantage to vegetable gardeners to harvest seeds from plants that did well in their garden. The plant would have grown accustomed to the particulars of the plot, and provided the same DNA to the seeds. Unfortunately, hybrid varieties do not keep their traits; don’t collect these unless one likes surprises.
It is illegal to gather seed in forest preserves, natural areas, or parks. It is legal to gather seed on rights-of-way, which are mostly along public highways. Do not take all of the seeds of a plant, please share with Mother Nature.