South-facing front or larger back yards, community garden plots and open stretches with little tree canopy are examples of prairie or meadow-like areas. Plants in this group can handle dry poor soils and are great for hot microclimates within the landscape. A mix of grasses and wildflowers provide for many pollinators.
To get specific, you can plant things in the milkweed family (Asclepias) to attract monarch butterflies and plants in the carrot family (Zizia) to attract black swallowtail butterflies. Hummingbirds are attracted to tubular shaped flowers, so think Penstemon (foxglove beardtongue) and Monarda (bee balm).
full sun | medium to dry soil conditions
Those marked with * can handle intermittent wet soil (think rain garden slope)