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Best Garden Plants to Attract Wildlife


Gardens are therapeutic for some reasons such as an enjoyable hobby or a beautiful landscape. They can also offer you a glimpse into nature. By carefully planning which plants to add to your backyard, you can attract some various species. Wildlife can help you maintain a healthy, balanced garden that is filled with learning opportunities and natural beauty for your family. Below are the best plants to help you attract wildlife in your garden.

Cattails (genus Typha)
Why Cattails?
If you have an aquatic aspect to your garden, then cattails would attract a great variety of animals. These plants are known to provide shelter for animals to seek refuge from predators. They also are a great source of food for foraging species.
Which Wildlife Will it Attract?
• Deer
• Squirrels
• Lizards
• Frogs
• Migratory birds

Duck Potato (Saggitaria lancifolia)
Why Duck Potato?
As the name suggests, this plant is well-loved by species of ducks that like to feed off of it. In addition to providing wildlife with a natural food source, many other animals use it as cover from natural predators and elements.
Which Wildlife Will it Attract?
• Waterfowl
• Frogs
• Turtles

Riverbank Wild Rye(Elymus riparius)
Why Riverbank Wild Rye?
Easily grown in soils that are moist and in the shade, this grass is an excellent addition for anyone hoping to attract wildlife to their garden. The large seeds that are produced make for an attractive food source.
Which Wildlife Will it Attract?
• Ducks
• Bees
• Butterfly

Duck Weed (genus Lemna)
Why Duckweed?
Duckweed is a great aquatic freshwater plant to add to any garden. Not only can it be used as a great organic compost for your garden and flower beds, but it attracts wildlife by providing rich nutrients.
Which Wildlife Will it Attract?
• Waterfowl
• Frogs
• Pond snails
• Beavers
• Fish

Attracting wildlife to your garden can be beneficial for some reasons. It can provide you with an aesthetic glimpse into nature where your family can learn about life. Wildlife in and around your garden can also provide you with a sense of purpose, creating a space that is environmentally friendly. By adding any of these plants, you will be able to provide food and shelter for the animals of your choosing.