My Garden Notes – Native Plants & Wildlife

Today is a rainy day at home.  We are eating good food, enjoying our hobbies, and later watching movies.

I was researching more about native plants for our garden and came across this website where you can enter your zip code and see a list of native plants to grow in your area.

Native Plant Database

I discovered that we already have so many and I thought about all of the birds and insects I have seen over the years.

It was so interesting to learn that a native tree will attract hundreds of species of caterpillars and a non-native tree will host only 5 species of caterpillars.  It’s important to have plenty available to birds because it can take thousands of caterpillars to raise a brood of chickadees.

We have one flowering dogwood tree.  It attracts a variety of caterpillars, butterflies, and birds.
Luna Moth Caterpillar in Cape May
Luna Moths eat the leaves of hickory trees like this one in our yard.
Our Spotted Geranium attracts pollinating bees and birds enjoy the seeds.
I want to plant Swamp Milkweed near my willow tree where it will thrive in the moist soil.  I saw this growing in Cape May and is recommended for our area.
I want to plant trumpet-creeper like this one we also saw in Cape May.  The hummingbirds will appreciate it.
We have Wild Hydrangea.  The flowers attract butterflies.  It also produces fruit and nuts for birds to feast on.

Last year we decided to start leaving the fallen leaves on the ground in order to benefit the insects, birds, and habitat.  We also have never sprayed any type of pesticides since we moved here.  I’m going to look into types of invasive plants to remove as I add more new natives.

I’m enjoying learning more about native plants and will share more interesting information in the future.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. This is such a nice thing that you are doing to the planet.

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    1. Tanya says:

      This is so fun for me. We are lucky to have so much diversity in our own back yard. We were already letting it be natural. Some people spray so much harmful stuff on their lawns. My hubby didn’t like dandilions at first, but I would say they are pretty and full of wishes lol. 😊

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  2. I went to that link but it didn’t seem to bring up anything for me. I’ll try it again 🙂 I love your photos, they are beautiful!!

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    1. Tanya says:

      This is so fun to learn about what I’m photographing. I’m certainly not an expert lol. Thank you.❤️

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  3. Kaya says:

    Tanya, you are a researcher and explorer! It’s embarrassing that I never knew the names of plants I saw many times. Right now I know.
    Beautiful photographs and post 💖

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    1. Tanya says:

      Thank you so much Kaya.💕😊

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  4. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

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