Wildlife Gardening Guide

Monarch on zinniaAttracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden is easy, fun and valuable. Is there anything better than hearing the sweet sounds of songbirds in the morning or seeing magical hummingbirds and butterflies in your own yard.

Beneficial insects, or good bugs, help with pollination and some even eat the bad bugs! Organic gardeners attract these good bugs to cut down on the use of insecticides. Hummingbirds and butterflies are invaluable when it comes to the task of pollination.

Attracting these to your yard and garden is easy. Add a birdbath, bird feeder, and a nesting box (bird house). Incorporate a few of the following plants in your garden or a few in a container and see who comes to your garden!


Sandy’s Back Porch carries many (but not all) of the plants listed below.

(Our plants are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability.)


Key

B = Butterflies | H = Hummingbirds | S = Songbirds | P = Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

N = Native | spp. = multiple species

X = Plants we carry | D = Drought Tolerant

Annuals

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Alcea roseaHollyhockBSun Host plant for Checkered Skipper
Angelonia BSun X
Asclepias curassavicaBloodflowerBSun  
Begonias spp.Begonia varietiesBPart Sun/Shade X/D
CalibrachoaMillion BellsBSun X
Cannas (Warm season Bulb) HSun X
Castilleja coccineaIndian PaintbrushB/HSunN 
Cassia fasciculataPartridge PeaSSunN 
Cleome HSun  
Cosmos B/PSun D
Dahlias BSun X
GomphrenaGlobe AmaranthBSun X/D
Heliotropium arborescensHeliotropeBSun /Part Shade  
Hibiscus (Tropical) BSun X
Lantana B/HSun X/D
Lobularia maritimaSweet AyssumBSun X
Mirabilis jalapaFour O’ClocksB/HSun/Part Shade  
Nicotiana alataFlowering TobaccoB/HSun  
Pelargonium x hortorumGeraniumB/HSun X/D
PentasStar FlowerBSun X/D
Petunias B/HSun X
Rudbeckia hirtaBlack-eyed SusanS/BSunNX/D
Salvia spp.Salvia VarietiesH/PSun X/D
Helianthus annuusSunflowersS/PSun X/D
Tagetes patulaFrench MarigoldB/H/PSun X/D
TithoniaMexican SunflowerB/H/PSun  
TropaeolumNasturtiumB/PSun  X
Verbena bonariensis BSun  
Verbena spp.Verbena VarietiesBSun X
Zinnia spp.Zinnia speciesB/H/PSun X/D
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Annual Vines

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Ipomea x miltifuidaCardinal ClimberH/PSun  
Ipomea quamoclitCypress VineH/PSun  
Ipomea sppMorning GloryH/PSun D
Lablab purpureusHyacinth Bean VineHSun  
MandevillaMandevillaB/PSun  X
Phaseolus coccineusScarlet Runner BeanH/PSun
Thunbergia alataBlack-Eyed Susan VineBSunX
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Grasses and Sedges

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Bouteloua curtipendulaSideoats GramaSSunN 
Elymus canadensisCanada Wild RyeS N 
Panicum virgatumSwitch GrassSSunN 
Sorghastrum nutansIndian GrassSSunN 
Sporobolus heterolepsisPrairie DropseedSSunND
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Perennials

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
AchilleaYarrowPSun X/D
AgastacheAnise HyssopB/PSun D
Amsonia illustrisShining Blue StarBSunND
Anemone canadensisWindflowerPSun/Part ShadeN X
Aquilegia canadensisColumbineB/H/PPart Shade/ShadeNX
Asclepias incarnataSwamp MilkweedB/H/PSunNX
Host Plant for Monarchs
Asclepias tuberosaButterfly WeedB/H/PSunNX/D
Host Plant for Monarchs
Aster novae-angliaeNew England AsterB/H/S/PSunNX
Aster oblonifoliiusAromatic AsterB/PSunND
Aster oolentangiensisSky Blue AsterB/S/PSunN 
Baptisia australisBlue False IndigoSSunNX/D
Callirhoe digitataFringed Poppy MallowBSunN 
Callirhoe involucrataPurple Poppy MallowSSunND
Chelone glabraWhite TurtleheadB/HSunN 
Chelone lyoniRose TurtleheadB/HSunN 
Coreopsis lancelotaLanceleaf CoreopsisB/H/S/PSunN X
Coreopsis palmataPrairie CoreopsisB/S/PSunN 
Coreopsis tripterisTall CoreopsisB/S/PSunN 
Delphinium exaltatumLarkspurB/HSun  
DianthusPinksB/HSun D
Dicentra spectabliisBleeding HeartHShade X
Digitalis purpureaFoxglove (Biennial)B/HSun/Part Shade  X
Echinacea pallidaPale Purple ConeflowerB/PSunND
Echinacea paradoxaYellow ConeflowerB/H/SSunND
Echinacea purpureaPurple ConeflowerB/H/S /PSunNX/D
Echinacea VarietiesConeflowersB/S/PSun X/D
EchinopsGlobe ThistleBSun D
Eupatorium purpureumJoe Pye WeedB/PSunN 
GaillardiaBlanket FlowerB/PSun X/D
Geranium maculatumCrane’s Bill GeraniumSPart ShadeN 
Glandularia canadensisRose VerbenaB/H/S/PSun/Part ShadeN 
GuaraWhirling ButterfliesBPart Shade D
Helianthus occidentalisWestern SunflowerB/S/PSunN 
Heliopsis helianthoidesOx-eye SunflowerB/SSunND
Hellenium virginicumSneezeweedS/PSunN 
HemerocallisDaylilliesBSun X
Heuchera spp.Coral BellsHShade/Part Shade X/D
Heuchera richardsoniiAlumrootH /PShade/Part ShadeND
Hibiscus lasiocarposRose MallowB/S/PSunND
Hibiscus moscheutosHardy HibiscusB/SSun X
Iris FulvaCopper IrisB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN 
KniphofiaRed Hot PokerB/HSun X
LeucanthemumDaisyBSun X
Liatris pycnostachaPrairie Blazing StarB/H/SSunN 
Liatris scariosaEastern Blazing StarB/H/PSunN 
Liatris spicataPrairie Blazing StarB/H/SSunND
Lilium sppTiger LiliesB/HSun  X
Lobelia cardinalisCardinal FlowerB/HSun/Part ShadeNX
Lobelia syphliticaGreat Blue LobeliaB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Mertensis virginicaVirginia BluebellsPPart Shade/ShadeN 
Monarda bradburianaBee BalmB/HSunNX
Monarda fistulosaWild BergamotB/H/PSunN 
NepetaCatmintH/PSun X/D
Onothera macrocarpaMissouri Evening PrimroseH/SSunND
Penstemon cobeaPurple Beard TongueHSunN 
Penstemon digitalisBeard TongueB/H/S/PSunN 
Perovskia atriplicifoliaRussian SagePSun X/D
Phlox diverticataWild Sweet WilliamB/HShadeN 
Phlox paniculataGarden PhloxB/HSunNX
Phlox spp.Phlox speciesB/PSunNX
Physostegia virginianaObedient PlantB/HSunN 
Pycnanthemum tenuifoliumSlender Mountain MIntB/PSun/Part ShadeND
Ratibida pinnataGray-head ConeflowerS/PSunN 
Rudbeckia fulgidaOrange ConeflowerB/S/PSunND
Rudreckia subtomentosaSweet ConeflowerB/S/PSunND
Salvia azureaBlue SageBSunN 
Salvia spp.Salvia speciesB/PSun X/D
ScabiosaPincushion FlowerB/PSun X
Silene regiaRoyal CatchflyB/HSun/Part ShadeN 
Silene virginicaFire PinkB/HSun/Part ShadeN 
Silphium integrifoliumRosinweedB/SSunN 
Silphium laciniatumCompass PlantB/SSunN 
Silphium perfoliatumCup PlantB/S/PSunN 
Silphium terebinthinaceumPrairie DockSSunN 
Solidago flexicaulisZig Zag GoldenrodB/PPart ShadeND
Solidago rigidaStiff GoldenrodB/P/SSunN 
Solidago speciosaShowy GoldenrodB/P/SSunN 
Stylophorum diphyllumCelandine PoppyPShadeNX
Tierella cordifoliaFoamflowerPPart Shade/Shade X
TradescantiaSpiderwortPPart Shade/ShadeN 
Verbena spp.Verbena SpeciesBSun X
Veronia arkansasIronweedPSunN 
Veronicastrum virginicumCulver’s RootB/PSunN 
Zizia apteraGolden AlexanderB/PSun/Part ShadeNHost Plant for Black Swallowtail
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Perennial Vines

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Aristolochia tomentosaDutchman’s PipeBSun/Part ShadeN Host plant for Pipe Vine Swallowtails
Bignonia capreolataCross VineHSun/ShadeN 
Campsis radicansTrumpet CreeperH/PSunND
Celastrus scanensAmerican BittersweetSSunN 
Clematis virginianaVirgin’s BowerB/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Clematis spp.Clematis SpeciesB/PSun X
Lonicera flavaYellow Honeysuckle VineB/H/S/PSunN
Parthenocissus quinquefoliaVirginia creeperH/SSun / Part ShadeN
Passiflora incarnataPurple PassionflowerB/PSun / Part ShadeN
Vitas aestivalisSummer GrapeS/PSunN
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Herbs

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Anethum graveolensDill (Annual)B/PSun X
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Borago officinalisBorage (Annual)PSun  
Coriandrum sativumCilantro (Annual)PSun X
Foeniculum vulgareFennel (Annual)B/PSun X
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
LavendulaLavender (Some Perennial)PSun X/D
Mentha spp.Mints (Perennial)B/H/PSun X
Ocimum BasilicumBasil (Annual)PSun X
Origanum majoranaMarjoram (Perennial)PSun X
Origanum vulgareOregano (Perennial)B/PSun X
Petroselinium crispumParsley (Biennial)B/PSun X
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Salvia officinalisGarden Sages (Perennial)H/PSun X
Thymus vulgarisThyme (Perennial)B/PSun X/D
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Trees and shrubs are the backbone of a garden. They provide shade, beauty and help to decrease utility bills. Trees and shrubs provide shelter for songbirds and hummingbirds.cardinal

Shrubs and Trees

Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Acer rubrumRed MapleB/S/PSun/Part Shade  
Aesculus glabraOhio BuckeyeHSun/Part ShadeN 
Aesculus paviaRed BuckeyeHPart ShadeN 
Albizia julibrissin (X)MimosaHSun/Part Shade  
Amelanchier arboreaService BerryS/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Aronia melanocarpaBlack ChokeberryS/PSun/Part ShadeNX/D
Asminia trilobaPawpawB/S/PSun/Part ShadeN Host plant for Zebra Swallowtail
Azalea spp.Azalea speciesH/PDappled Sun/Shade X
Betula NigraRiver BirchSSun/Part ShadeN 
BuddleiaButterfly BushB/HSun X/D
Caryopteris BSun X
Catalpa speciosaNorthern CatalpaPSun/Part ShadeN 
Ceanonthus americanusNew Jersey TeaB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Celtis occidentalisHackberryB/SSunN 
Cephalanthus occidentalsButton BushB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Cercis canadensisEastern RedbudB/PSun/Part ShadeNX/D
Chaenomeles japonicaFlowering QuinceHSun D
Chionanthus virginicusFringetreeSSun/Part ShadeND
Clethera ainifoliaSummersweetBSun/Part Shade  X
Cornus alternifoliaPagoda DogwoodB/S/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Cornus drummondiiRoughleaf DogwoodSSun/Part ShadeN 
Cornus floridaFlowering DogwoodB/SSun/Part ShadeN X
Cornus racemosaGray DogwoodB/SSun/Part ShadeN 
Crataegus viridisGreen HawthornB/SSunN 
Crataegus spp.Hawthorn SpeciesB/S/PSunC 
Diospyros virginiaPersimmonB/SSun/Part ShadeN 
Gymnocladus dioicusKentucky CoffeetreeSSunN 
Hammamelis virginianaWitch HazelHSun/Part ShadeN/C 
Hibiscus syricusRose of SharonB/HSun X
Hydrangea arborescensWild HydrangeaPSun/Part ShadeND
Ilex opacaAmerican HollySSunN 
Ilex verticulataWinterberry HollySSun D
Juniperus virginianaEastern Red CecdarSSunN 
Liridera benzoinSpicebushB/S/PSun/Part Shade  Host Plant for Spicebush Swallowtail
Liriodendron tulipiferaTulip TreeHSun  
Nyssa sylvaticaBlack GumSSun/Part ShadeND
Physocarpus opulifoliusNinebarkPSun/Part ShadeN 
Physocarpus sppNinebark VarietiesB/PSun/Part ShadeNX
Picea pungensColorado SpruceSSun  
Prunus americanaWild PlumH/S/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Prunus serotinaBlack CherrySSun/Part ShadeN 
Quercus spp.Oak SpeciesSSunN 
Rhododendron spp.Rhododendron SpeciesPPart ShadeNX
Rhus glabraSmooth SumacB/SSun/Part ShadeN 
Ribes odooratumClove CurrantB/SSun/Part ShadeND
Salix spp.Willow SpeciesBSun/Part Shade  Host Plant for Red Spotted Purple
Sambucus nigraBlack ElderberryB/S/PSun/Part Shade  
Sassafras albidumSassafrasS/PSun/Part ShadeN 
Sapindus drummondiiWestern SoapberrySSun/Part ShadeN 
Syringa vulgarisLilacB/HSun  
Vaccinium CorymbosumBlueberriesHSun  
Viburnum prunifoliumBlack HawS/PPart Sun/Shade D
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2004 West Blvd
 • Belleville, IL 62221

info@sandysbackporch.com

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