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Wildlife Gardening

Native plants and wildlife go hand in hand. Your local plants and animals have evolved together and are dependent upon one another for survival. Plants provide animals with food, nesting sites, cover, and protection from the elements. Animals return the favor by helping to pollinate plants and spreading their seeds.

You can make your yard into a wildlife haven by selecting an array of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that are known to attract birds, bees, butterflies, mammals, dragonflies, and more. Many of our natives are outstandingly beautiful and easy to grow and maintain. Making a native plant and wildlife garden requires some careful planning, but the rewards are great. You may look out upon your beautiful plantings one day and see tiny iridescent hummingbirds, gracefully fluttering butterflies, whistling songbirds, and scampering chipmunks, all making use of your backyard wildlife habitat.

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  • LBJ Wildflower Center: Find native plant societies, nurseries, and more.
  • Wild Ones: Learn more about native plants in natural landscapes, preserving and restoring native communities, and more.