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Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

Are you looking for a way to increase diversity and biodiversity in your garden, provide more food and shelter for neighborhood wildlife, and create an eye-catching landscape? Native plant gardening could be the solution! By incorporating plants native to your region into your design, you can attract birds, bees, and butterflies, helping to create a thriving ecosystem in your own backyard.

Choosing native plants results in less maintenance; they require fewer resources such as water or fertilizer because they are better adapted to local conditions.

Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed
Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed, USFWS Midwest Region

How to Identify Native Plants and What They Bring to Your Garden

Native plants can make a spectacular addition to any garden. Knowing how to identify native plants is important because native species are adapted to local climates and will be particularly easy for birds bees butterflies, bees, and other native pollinators to find nectar and food in your garden. Native pollinators will bring additional native fauna right into your own backyard. But how do you know if a plant is native? There are a few simple steps that you can take to ensure that the plants you are bringing into your garden are native not just to your region but also to your state or even county.

A busy bee on a purple coneflower
bee on a purple coneflower, Swallowtail Garden Seeds

Start by looking out for familiar shapes and deciding if they look like they would fit with what native plants look like in your area. Do research as well, to confirm just what kind of native flora thrives near where you live.

By doing this bit of work upfront, you’ll have the great benefit of watching native wildlife flock to your beautiful garden for years to come.

What You Need To Know Before Starting a Native Plant Garden

A window to the soul.....
Photo by Nikk

Before building your own native plant garden, it is important to learn about the different types of plants that are native to your area.

While some areas may provide more of perfect habitat for a certain plant type, it is important to ensure you are getting plants that will thrive in your land type and climate. Doing research ahead of time will also let you know which plant species are beneficial for bees and butterflies, allowing you to create a space devoted to helping keep these creatures local.

Gardening can be an exciting way to embrace nature while demonstrating appreciation for wildlife conservation and the diversity of plant species in your area.

Selecting the Right Plants For Your Region

Hummingbird Gold
Photo from: Renee Grayson

Selecting the right plants for your region can be a challenging process. Your success starts with researching plant types, soil requirements and light levels to ensure that you choose what is appropriate for where you live. Furthermore, it can be helpful to find out what hardiness zones exist in your area so as to determine which plants are most likely to thrive.

Keeping track of blooming charts lets you know just what flowers will come up at certain times of the year. Researching provides a much better opportunity to create a beautiful garden while avoiding disappointment.

Growing Tips and Techniques for Native Plant Gardening

Monarch butterfly on purple coneflower
Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS

Native plant gardening offers a unique opportunity to create personal outdoor spaces tailored to native birds, bees, and butterflies. This type of gardening helps create sustainable pollinator gardens by providing food sources for native wildlife. When landscaping with native plants for the garden, consider the types of native plants you will use. Annual native plants offer easy establishment in the garden but often require reseeding each year to maintain them.

Perennial native plants are long-living types of native plants that have great benefit from being established in the garden right away and require less maintenance once established. Selecting plant varieties, as well as preparing the soil before planting, is essential for ensuring success. With basic gardening knowledge and a bit of maintenance, native plant gardening can be a perfect outlet for growing sustainable gardens full of native plants that provide great benefits to the wildlife species that support an abundant ecosystem.

Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Environment in Your Garden; Gardening for Birds

Photo from: USDA

When looking to benefit the birds in your garden, consider what they are most interested in. Plants and flowers provide nutrition through nectar and seeds, while shrubs and trees provide water and shelter. Plant a mixture of native plants, such as grasses and perennials, to create pollinator gardens that benefit the local birds in your area.

Creating a garden that provides more than one benefit will give you even more opportunities to help out birds, bees, backyard bugs and other wildlife. By providing and attracting specific species with specific interests, like food-rich hedgerows or bird boxes, you can create a wildlife-friendly environment right outside your door!

Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies in Your Own Beautiful Garden

Growing native plants provides so many wonderful benefits to your garden: they tend to require less water, create a thriving and diverse habitat for birds and other wildlife, won’t need frequent replacements, and, most importantly, are easy to identify. Getting started on a garden is not hard either.

You need to do research to find the best plants for your region and familiarize yourself with the species’ needs. After introducing these plants into our gardens, we can contribute towards the conservation of nature itself. I have included some useful links as a starting point for your research.

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white and black butterfly on yellow flower in macro photography
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