Wildlife Gardening Guide

BENEFITS OF WILDLIFE

Attracting 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 roseaHollyhockBSunHost plant for Checkered Skipper
AngeloniaBSunX
Asclepias curassavicaBloodflowerBSun
Begonias ssp.Begonia varietiesBPart Sun/ShadeX/D
CalibrachoaMillion BellsBSunX
Cannas (Warm season Bulb)HSunX
Castilleja coccineaIndian PaintbrushB/HSunN
Cassia fasciculataPartridge PeaSSunN
CleomeHSun
CosmosB/PSun
DahliasBSunD
GomphrenaGlobe AmaranthBSunX/D
Heliotropium arborescensHeliotropeBSun/Part Shade
Hibiscus (Tropical)BSunX
LantanaB/HSunX/D
Lobularia maritimaSweet AyssumBSunX
Mirabilis jalapaFour O'ClocksB/HSun/Part Shade
Nicotiana alataFlowering TobaccoB/HSun
Pelargonium x hortorumGeraniumB/HSunX/D
PentasStar FlowerBSunX/D
PetuniasB/HSunX
Rudbecka hirtaBlack-eyed SusanS/BSunNX/D
Salvia ssp.Salvia VarietiesH/PSunX/D
Helianthus annuusSunflowersS/PSunX/D
Tagetes patulaFrench MarigoldB/H/PSun
TithoniaMexican SunflowerB/H/PSun
TropaeolumNasturtiumB/PSunX
Verbena bonariensisBSun
Verbena ssp.Verbena VarietiesBSunX
Zinnia ssp.Zinnia speciesB/H/PSunX/D
Annual Vines
Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Ipomea x miltifuidaCardinal ClimberH/PSun
Ipomea quamoclitCypress VineH/PSun
Ipmoea sspMorning GloryH/PSun
Lablab purpureusHyacinth Bean VineHSunX
MandevillaMandevillaB/PSunX
Phaseolus coccineusScarlet Runner BeanH/PSun
Thunbergia alataBlack-Eyed Susan VineBSunX
Grasses and Sedges
Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Bouteloua curtipendulaSideoats GramaSSunN
Elymus canadensisCanada Wile RyeSN
Panicum virgatumSwitch GrassSSunN
Sorghastrum nutansIndian GrassSSunN
Sporobolus heterolepsisPrairie DropseedSSunND
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Perennials
Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
AchilleaYarrowPSunD
AgastacheAnise HyssopB/PSunD
Amsonia illustrisShining Blue StarBSunND
Anemone CanadensisWildflowerPSun/Part ShadeNX
Aquiledgia canadensisColumbineB/H/PPart Shade/ShadeNX
Asclepias incarnataSwamp MilkweedB/H/PSunNX
Host Plant for Monarchs
Asclepias tuberosaButterfly WeedB/H/PSunNX/D
Host Plants 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/PSunNX
Coreopsis palmataPrairie CoreopsisB/S/PSunN
Coreopsis tripterisTall CoreopsisB/S/PSunN
Delphinium exaltatumLarkspurB/HSun
DianthusPinksB/HSunD
Dicentra spectabliisBleeding HeartHShadeX
Digitalis purpureaFoxglove (Biennial)B/HSun/Part ShadeX
Echinacea pallidaPale Purple ConeflowerB/PSunND
Echinacea paradoxaYellow ConeflowerB/H/SSunND
Echinacea purpureaPurple ConeflowerB/H/S/PSunNX/D
Echinacea VarietiesConeflowersB/S/PSunX/D
EchinopsGlobe ThistleBSunD
Eupatorium purpureumJoe Pye WeedB/PSunN
GaillardiaBlanket FlowerB/PSunX/D
Geranium maculatumCrane's Bill GeraniumSPart ShadeN
Glandularia canadensisRose VerbenaB/H/S/PSun/Part ShadeN
GuaraWhirling ButterfliesBPart ShadeD
Helianthus occidentalisWestern SunflowerB/S/PSunN
Heliopsis helianthoidesOx-eye SunflowerB/SSunND
Hellenium virginicumSneezeweedS/PSunN
HemerocallisDaylilliesBSunX
Heuchera ssp.Coral BellsHShade/Part ShadeX/D
Heuchera richardsoniiAlumrootH/PShade/Part ShadeND
Hibiscus lasiocarposRose MallowB/S/PSunND
Hibiscus moscheutosHardy HibiscusB/SSunX
Iris FulvaCopper IrisB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN
KniphofiaRed Hot PokerB/HSunX
LeucanthemumDaisyBSunX
Liatris pycnostachaPrairie Blazing StarB/H/SSunN
Liatris scariosaEastern Blazing StarB/H/PSunN
Liatris spicataPrairie Blazing StarB/H/SSunND
Lilium sspTiger LiliesB/HSunX
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/PSunNX
NepetaCatmintH/PSunX/D
Onothera macrocarpaMissouri Evening PrimroseH/SSunND
Penstemon cobeaPurple Beard TongueHSunN
Penstemon digitalisBeard TongueB/H/S/PSunN
Perovskia atriplicifoliaRussian SagePSunX/D
Phlox diverticataWild Sweet WilliamB/HShadeN
Phlox paniculataGarden PhloxB/HSunNX
Phlox ssp.Phlox speciesB/PSunNX
Physostegia virginianaObedient PlantB/HSun N
Pycanthemum tenuifoliumSlender Mountain MintB/PSun/Part ShadeND
Ratibida pinnataGray-head ConeflowerS/PSunN
Rudbeckia fulgidaOrange ConeflowerB/S/PSunND
Rudbeckia subtomentosaSweet ConeflowerB/S/PSunND
Salvia azureaBlue SageBSunN
Salvia ssp.Salvia speciesB/PSunX/D
ScabiosaPincushion FlowerB/PSunX
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/ShadeX
TradescantiaSpiderwortPPart Shade/ShadeN
Verbena spp.Verbena speciesBSunX
Veronia arkansasIronweedPSunN
Veronicastrum virginicumCulver's RootB/PSunN
Zizia apteraGolden AlexanderB/PSun/Part ShadeNHost Plant for Black Swallowtail
Perennial Vines
Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Aristolochia tomentosaDutchman's PipeBSun/Part ShadeNHost Plant for Pipe Vine Shallowtails
Bignonia capreolataCross VineHSun/ShadeN
Campsis radicansTrumpet CreeperH/PSunND
Celastrus scanensAmerican BittersweetSSunN
Clematis virginianaVirgin's BowerB/PSun/Part ShadeN
Clematis spp.Clematis speciesB/PSunX
Lonicera flavaYellow Honeysuckle VineB/H/S/PSunN
Parthenocissus quinquefoliaVirginia CreeperH/SSun/Part ShadeN
Passiflora incarnataPurple PassionflowerB/PSun/Part ShadeN
Vitas aestivalisSummer GrapeS/PSunN
Herbs
Botanical NameCommon NameB/H/S/PSun/ShadeNativeNotes
Anethum graveolensDill (Annual)B/PSunX
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Borago officinalisBorage (Annual)PSun
Coriandrum sativumCilantro (Annual)PSunX
Foeniculum vulgareFennel (Annual)B/PSunX
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
LavendulaLavender (Some Perennial)PSunX/D
Mentha spp.Mints (Perennial)B/H/PSunX
Ocimum BasilicumBasil (Annual)PSunX
Origanum majoranaMajoramPSunX
Origanum vulgareOregano (Perennial)B/PSunX
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Petroselinium crispumParsley (Biennial)B/PSunX
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Salvia officinalisGarden Sages (Perennial)H/PSunX
Thymus vulgarisThyme (Perennial)B/PSunX/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.

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 ShadeNHost plant for Zebra Swallowtail
Azalea spp.Azalea speciesH/PDappled
Sun/Shade
X
Betula NigraRiver BirchSSun/Part ShadeN
BuddleiaButterfly BushB/HSunX/D
CaryopterisBSunX
Catalpa speciosaNorthern CatalpaPSun/Part ShadeN
Ceanonthus americanusNew Jersey TeaB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN
Celtis occidentalisHackberryB/SSunN
Cephalanthus occidentalisButton BushB/H/PSun/Part ShadeN
Cercis canadensisEastern RedbudB/PSun/Part ShadeNX/D
Chaenomeles japonicaFlowering QuinceHSunD
Chionanthus virginicusFringetreeSSun/Part ShadeND
Clethera ainifoliaSummersweetBSun/Part ShadeX
Cornus alternifoliaPagoda DogwoodB/S/PSun/Part ShadeN
Cornus drummondiiRoughleaf DogwoodSSun/Part ShadeN
Cornus floridaFlowering DogwoodB/SSun/Part ShadeNX
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/HSunX
Hydrangea arborescensWild HydrangeaPSun/Part ShadeND
Ilex opacaAmerican HollySSunN
Ilex verticulataWinterberry HollySSunD
Juniperus virginianaEastern Red CecdarSSunN
Liriodendron tulipiferaTulip TreeHSun
Liridera benzoinSpicebushB/S/PSun/Part ShadeHost Plant for Spicebush Swallowtail
Nyssa sylvaticaBlack GumSSun/Part ShadeND
Physocarpus opulifoliusNinebarkPSun/Part ShadeN
Physocarpus spp.Ninebark 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 Shade
Salix spp.Willow SpeciesBSun/Part Shade
Sambucus nigraBlack ElderberryB/S/PSun/Part Shade
Sassafras albidumSassafrasS/PSun/Part Shade
Sapindus drummondiiWestern SoapberrySSun/Part Shade
Syringa vulgarisLilacB/HSun
Vaccinium CorymbosumBlueberriesHSun
Viburnum prunifoliumBlack HawS/PPart Sun/Shade