Garden enthusiasts are always wondering what are the best plants for their gardens. It may sound like something not that important to others and something that you don’t need to think about a lot.
But the truth is, there are a lot of things that you need to consider when you are planning your garden and what to plant in it. When picking a specific plant, you need to think about a lot of factors like amount of sun the sun you have in your garden, soil type, moisture and the temperature where you live and where your garden is.
Some people also want to attract wildlife to their garden and to make their garden a very welcoming ecosystem. And if you want to do that then you need to be aware of some other factors. And you need to choose the plants that best suit your needs and desires. For example, you definitely need to choose the species that are native to the area that you are living in, because they will grow normally, and they will be healthy.
We are going to share with you a list of some species and what wildlife creatures are attracted to them.
• Prunus: this family includes beach plum, cherry, peach, plum, sweet cherry, wild plum, chokecherry, and almond. And they attract various species like Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Coral Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak, Cecropia moth, Red-spotted Purple, Promethea Moth, and Hummingbird Clearwing.
• Quercus – this is a type of oak, and there are many different native species of oak that are divided into two groups, the white oaks, and the red oaks. And they attract many species like Polyphemus and Imperial moths, Banded Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak, White M Hairstreak, and Horace’s Duskywing.
• Salix – you may know these trees by the name of Willow. Many moths and butterflies love Willows, and some of them are Mourning Cloak, Red-spotted Purple and Viceroy.
• Betula – Birch is liked by many species like Luna moth, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cecropia Moth and Polyphemus Moth.
• Malus – Apple’s are beautiful trees and they attract Io Moth, Cecropia Moth, and many others
• Populus – this family includes cottonwood, poplar, and aspen. And many species use these trees, like Mourning Cloak, Twinspot Sphinx Moth and Easter Tiger Swallowtail.
• Acer – this family includes maple and boxelder and they are used by species like Io Moth, Saddled Prominent, Luna Moth and Imperial Moth. But you must be very careful, and you shouldn’t choose Norway Maples, because they are very invasive.
• Alnus – alder is the tree from this family, and it is loved by Orange Sulphur, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and Giant Swallowtail.
• Vaccinium – If you didn’t know, cranberry and blueberry are from this family and they are used by many species like Brown Elfin, Spring Azure and Striped Hairstreak.
• Carya – And last but certainly not the least we have pecan, pignut, hickory and butternut that are used by species like Io Moth, Luna Moth, American Dagger Moth, Polyphemus Moth, and Pale Tussock Moth.
We hope that we cleared some things for you and that after reading this text you will have an inspiration for what to plant next in your beautiful garden. If you want to attract beautiful wildlife to your garden and to make a welcoming ecosystem that will be full of life you definitely won’t fail if you plant some of these species. Just be aware of some important factors and choose a species that is native to the area that you are living in. If you follow some simple rules and do some additional research, we guarantee you to have a wonderful garden and a beautiful ecosystem in no time.