In the winter, wildlife can be hard to find and attract. The springtime is full of promise in your garden, so what options do you have for plants that attract wildlife? Nothing is nicer than enjoying a cup of tea while watching hummingbirds flutter about, so get started now and enjoy the benefits all spring and summer long!
Start With What’s Native
Native plants will attract native wildlife, so a great place to start is the area around you. What plants can be found naturally in your neighborhood or region? The hummingbirds, songbirds, butterflies, and bees in your area will be used to seeing native plants and flock to them first. Choose plants that provide nectar, delicious seeds, and delectable fruit for native wildlife. Plants that attract wildlife should also provide a little bit of shelter to make insects and animals feel safe to stay a while.
If you want to attract a bunch of hungry adults, you go to a buffet with delicious food that’s unlimited. If you want to attract a bunch of native wildlife, you plant things that have delicious food that’s unlimited! Choose plants that are nectar and pollen-rich to attract wildlife in your yard. Start with wildflowers, blooming annuals, perennials, and shrubs that will offer pollen and nectar throughout the year instead of in a narrow season. Do you have a tiny yard? Even a tiny planter filled with plants will help to attract wildlife!
A Roof Over Their Head
Okay, maybe a leaf over their head instead of a roof, but you should always choose plants that offer some degree of shelter to attract wildlife. Butterflies and bees need places that they can safely hide from their many predators, get out of the nasty weather, and raise their young. If you want to help bees and butterflies have a safe place to stay, let grass grow a little longer in part of your yard and allow a dead tree or stump to become their home.
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