Plants for a Wildlife Garden

These bright moisture-loving flowers make for a welcoming, wildlife-friendly garden.

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A Pond Is a Magnet for Wildlife

The plantings in and around a pond help to shade and oxygenate the water to keep it healthy and provide shelter for wildlife. You don't have to stick to traditional pond plants to create an attractive and wildlife-friendly planting. Try colorful and long-flowering perennials such as hardy geraniums to provide interest.

Caltha Palustris

Caltha palustris, or marsh marigold, is at home along a stream or pond. It is clumping by nature but can seed in to form a dense groundcover. In early spring hundreds of bright yellow buttercup flowers dot a green carpet of cordate (heart-shaped) foliage.

Iris Ensata

Iris ensata, or Japanese iris, is an herbaceous perennial that is great for damp sites. For more than 500 years, Japanese horticulturalists have developed exquisite hybrids.

Hemerocallis Lilioasphodelus

Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, or lemon lily, is a daylily species and an early bloomer. The color is a clear lemon-yellow and has a distinct fragrance.This lily has a somewhat spreading habit.

Cirsium Rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' is the most intensely colored of all garden thistles. Elevated on upright, branched leafy stems, the densely packed dark crimson flowers have a symmetrical appearance that beckons pollinating insects.

Iris Sibirica

Siberian iris is an herbaceous perennial plant with blade-shaped leaves that are glaucous green, narrow and fairly rigid. The flowers are typical of an iris, borne in late spring or early summer, and come in a variety of colors.

Geranium 'Brookside'

Geranium 'Brookside', or cranesbill, produces lavender-blue flowers with tiny white eyes and deep purple veining from spring through fall. Compact clumps of lacy green foliage provide a wonderful background. In fall, leaves turn a vivid red-orange.