Bring on the birds!

Native plants give you even more chances to see your favorite wildlife.

From A Garden Life

Issue July, 2012 | Published 08/01/2012 · Link to Article

Plant Natives to Boost Bird Watching

If you build it they will come

Native plants create an ecological food cycle that not only draws wildlife to your garden, but creates a habitat where they can establish themselves and live, giving you much more time to experience hummingbirds, butterflies, lightening bugs, and other animals. 

Our gardens, patios, decks, and even windowsills are always great platforms for bird watching and butterfly gazing. We stock up on feeders and decoys, hoping to allow us to draw in more types of wildlife for our viewing pleasure. While many plants offer great colors, tastes and scents to attract these creatures, did you know that native plants can boost our sighting-chances even higher?

“When people choose native plants, one of the most important things that they’re doing is they’re creating biodiversity and a habitat for native insects, which in turn provide a food source for birds and other wildlife,” says Steve Castorani, president of North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, Penn., and co-founder of American Beauties Native Plants.

Native plants create an ecological food cycle that not only draws wildlife to your garden, but creates a habitat where they can establish themselves and live, giving you much more time to experience hummingbirds, butterflies, lightening bugs, and other animals. 

American Beauties has teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation to create a program to make it easy for you to identify and choose what types of native plants you’d like in your garden or landscape. There are even four distinct guides for bird gardens, dry shade gardens, butterfly gardens, and moist sun gardens – so you can choose your design based on your wants. For inspiration, visit www.abnativeplants.com. There’s even a link to find a local garden center that sells these native plants! 

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