8 Shrubs That Will Attract Wisconsin Wildlife to Your Garden

These beautiful native shrubs provide pollen and nectar for bees, and fruit and insects for birds

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It’s easy to support multiple types of wildlife, such as birds and bees, when you use native plants in your landscape. Native plants have coevolved with native insects and host more insect biomass (which feeds birds) than nonnative plants. And they have been shown to be about four times more attractive to pollinators, including bees, than nonnative plants. So you essentially get a lot more wildlife-supporting bang for your buck when you use native plants in your garden.

These native shrubs not only offer gardeners attractive flowers, foliage and fruit, but they also provide the necessary sustenance so that birds and bees can produce the next generation. The majority of terrestrial birds feed insects to their offspring in the nest, usually some kind of caterpillar (butterfly or moth larva) or sawfly larva. These tasty, protein-rich insects have all the essential nutrients a young bird requires before fledging and leaving the nest. Female bees collect pollen and nectar from flowering plants and cache these floral resources in a prepared brood cell in their nest. By selecting some of the following plants for your landscape, you can sit back and watch the year-round activity that the bees and birds will provide.

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