By: Stephanie Hendrickson
If you want a natural environment for your yard, nature has already created the perfect landscape ecosystem template for you to copy. A good place to start if you want to attract wildlife to your yard is to group similar plants together in your landscape to mimic nature.
Choose plants for specific types of wildlife
When choosing plants for your landscape, think about the kind of wildlife you want to attract. Important plant groups to consider include:
- Nectar-producing plants
- Plants that bear fruit in summer and fall
- Winter-persistent plants
- Plants that bear nuts or acorns
Plant a variety
The larger the variety of plants you grow, the more types of wildlife your yard will attract. To keep the wildlife coming to your yard year round, select plants that will produce food during each season.
Use native plants
Native plants offer the best sources of food for the local wildlife, and they are best suited to your soil and climate conditions. Well-adapted nonnative plants are also good options.
WaterSmart Plants to Use
Several WaterSmart plants attract birds and butterflies. For more plants that draw wildlife, see the Native Plant Database of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Earth-Kind Plant Selector.
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