Native Plants for Gardens That Are Wildlife-Friendly

Asclepias milkweed: Milkweed is vital to monarch butterflies because it supplies nectar for adult butterflies and acts as a host plant for their larvae.

The native purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, draws pollinators like bees and butterflies, which benefits the ecosystem of the garden as a whole.

Quercus spp. oaks: Acorns provide a food source for birds and animals, and its dense foliage provides cover for a variety of creatures.

Rudbeckia hirta, sometimes known as the black-eyed Susan, is a favorite plant of pollinators since it draws butterflies and bees to the garden along with adding vivid color.

The Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is an evergreen tree that provides food and shelter to a variety of songbirds, including cedar waxwings.

Bee Balm (Monarda spp.): With its vibrant blossoms, bee balm attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees as a pollinator magnet.

Birds such as thrushes and robins love the berries that are produced by serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) bushes or trees.

Panicum virgatum, or switchgrass: Switchgrass is a natural grass that supports the entire ecology of the garden by drawing insects and offering cover for wildlife.

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