I'm James Baggett with Country Garden. No matter where you garden, you can turn your outdoor living space into a haven for birds, bees, butterflies and a host of other wildlife. Armed with our short list of must-have plants for the wildlife garden, any gardener can create outdoor spaces as welcoming to wildlife as it is for you. Let's start with this tropical shrub that we grow as an annual called lantana. From a distance, this flower cluster appears orange but when you get close, you can see it's composed of individual flowers that are yellow, orange and red that blend when viewed from afar. Easy to grow and ground-tolerant, lantana makes an excellent container plant. Best of all, it's a favorite of bees and butterflies. And speaking of butterflies, if you have a butterfly garden, then joe-pye weed is for you. Joe-pyeweed is a native American perennial that can be divided every 2 years. Be sure to pinch back the plants in early summer for a bushier plant that won't flop over. But beware, some varieties can grow over 10 feet tall. And don't be surprised if you see humming birds. Our next plant is a shrub that's a true butterfly magnet. With a name like butterfly bush, it's not surprise the bees and butterflies flock to this honey-scented blossom. But this easy-to-grow shrub can be an invasive rascal. If you live in your natural area, watch for volunteer seedlings. Remove them and get rid of the plant. Few flowering trees offer the variety of shape, size, flower color and pretty fruit as a flowering crabapple. Crabapples are the most popular of the spring flowering trees in the north and midwest for cold winters and heavy soil prevent others from performing as well. There are many different species [unk] that grow less than 30 feet tall. This small apple-like fruits are eaten by finches, peasants and waxwings in the autumn. And when they fall to the ground, by deer, rabbits, foxes and smaller mammals. So there's a start, now you see how easy it is to create a more natural garden and a healthier world for people and plants. Isn't it time you laid out a natural welcome mat for your neighborhood wildlife? I'm James Baggett with Better TV.
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