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What Bushes are Best for Wildlife?

butterfly bush

Looking to attract wildlife to your yard through your landscaping? Want to help restore natural habitats? If you’re a nature lover, then you’ll love finding beautiful landscape accents that also attract wildlife like bees, butterflies, and birds. Not only can carefully-selected flowering bushes offer food for bees and butterflies, but some shrubs also offer great shelter and nesting materials for birds. Because bushes flower at different times, you’ll be able to enjoy a diverse selection of wildlife right at your own home, but do try to select bushes that flower into winter so that the wildlife you attract to your yard will have a year-round source of food.


Here are some of our top picks:


indian hawthorn plant flowers pink

First the flowers…

berries wildlife nature sweet viburnum

…then the berries.

 Indian Hawthorn: A beautiful white, sometimes light pink flowering bush, the Indian Hawthorn offers both dense foliage and gorgeous dark bluish-black berries that last through the winter. As such, this bush attracts various types of wildlife that eat the berries and use the dense dark-green foliage for shelter.



sweet viburnum flowers bush plants

Dainty white flowers cluster on the sweet viburnum bush


Sweet Viburnum: Low-maintenance with stunning bright green leaves, this fragrant beauty produces red berries that birds love to feast on (unless you live in Florida, where the berry production is low).

Most varieties of Viburnums are good for attracting wildlife to your yard, so check out our full selection of Viburnums here.



dwarf burford holly berries

Dwarf burford holly berries last through the winter

Dwarf Buford Holly: This is another red-berry shrub that is low maintenance but beautiful with its rich green foliage and brilliantly red fruit. While white flowers bloom in the spring, the berries blossom in fall and last through late winter — making this bush a perfect food source for birds. Like Viburnums, most types of Holly are great for attracting wildlife to your yard.

See what other types of Holly we offer.



bridal wreath spirea flowers

Pollinators love this flower


Bridal Wreath Spirea: As beautiful and breathtaking as a bride, think cascades of gorgeous flowers when you consider the Bridal Wreath. With arching branches that perfectly showcase the autumn-colored flowers, butterflies and bees will love to visit the Bridal Wreath in your landscape.


rose creek abelia butterfly

Butterflies love the Rose Creek Abelia


Rose Creek Abelia: Perhaps one of the best choices for attracting diverse wildlife to your yard, this dwarf shrub offers lustrous leaves and showy white flowers that are disease resistant and long blooming. Hummingbirds and butterflies are frequent visitors to the Rose Creek Abelia thanks to its sweet nectar.



If you’re looking for more landscaping information and want to talk with us more about how to attract wildlife to your yard, we’d love to talk with you! Please contact us here.

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