Five Native Plants to Add to Your Garden
Spring will be here before you know it. Gardeners everywhere are itching to get outside and start planting. As you’re planning your garden and waiting for the weather to warm up, consider including a few (more) native plants. They’re the best choice when it comes to creating a wildlife-friendly garden, and the good thing is that there are many beautiful natives commercially available.
I asked Peggy Anne Montgomery of the American Beauties Native Plants for some recommendations. Here are five of her favorite native wildflowers for wildlife. Click through to the detailed descriptions to find out the native range of these species to see if they are a good fit for your area.
This lovely milkweed offers nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds and is host plant for monarch butterflies caterpillars.
The gorgeous scarlet flowers are a tremendous nectar source for hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies.
The white flowers of this hardy, native groundcover is highly desired by native woodland pollinators.
Mexican Hat Plant
Ratibida columnifera aka ‘Red Midget’
Native insects and butterflies flock to this native cultivar.Mounds of fine textured green foliage give rise to masses of stems bearing flowers that feature long, prominent cones surrounded by reflexed petals in shades of deep reddish-brown, orange and yellow. This dwarf selection is perfect for the front of a sunny border and loves hot, dry conditions.
This classic garden wildflower provides nectar for butterflies and seeds to feed the birds.
Plant your own natives
Check out the American Beauties Native Plants website to find more great natives for your area.