Updated on May 30, 2024

How to Build Your Own Wildlife Garden

You may have thought about planting a vegetable garden, but have you ever considered building a wildlife garden? Enjoy nature’s beautiful creatures like songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds by creating an ideal habitat in your own backyard. Here’s what your garden should include according to the National Wildlife Federation:


Use local plants to help supplement natural food sources. Plants provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruit and more for various forms of wildlife.


Water is an important resource for all animals’ survival. It can also be used for bathing or breeding purposes. Set up a birdbath or create a muddy patch in your yard to provide water for animals.


Provide shelter from bad weather or predators by clustering plants close together, or by using a nesting box.

Introducing Garden for WildlifeTM

Start your wildlife garden with plants from the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for WildlifeTM Native Plant Collections. These plants are specifically curated for your region to do the greatest good for local wildlife.

By creating a wildlife garden with regional plants, you’ll enjoy even more visits from wildlife that will use your plants for food and pollination. Garden for WildlifeTM makes it easy to get started. You’ll receive plants right to your door with all the tips you need for success.

Sample Curated Wildlife Garden Plants by Region

(Collections ship to: AR, CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI)

  • Spring Bee Buffet 6-plant collection. *Limited edition* plants are especially beneficial to bees in early spring. Includes two of each: Golden Alexander, Wild Geranium and Blue Wood Aster. Supports 103 butterfly species, 36 native bee species, and 96% of backyard birds.
  • Monarch Munchables 12-plant collection: Includes three of each: Orange Butterfly Milkweed, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Smooth Blue Aster, Grayleaf Goldenrod. Supports 114 butterfly species, 44 native bee species, and 96% of backyard birds.
  • Pollinator Power 12-plant collection: Includes three of each: Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Lobelia, Beard Tongue Foxglove, Black Eyed Susan. Supports 28 butterfly species, 29 species of native bees, and 96% of backyard birds.

Visit the Garden for WildlifeTM website to check out native plants in your area. Use code WILDKINGDOM15 to save on your order.

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