Planting to Attract Wildlife

Wildlife needs the community’s help. Human activity has diminished their habitats. Butterflies and other pollinators are pushed into ever-shrinking spaces.

Irving residents, businesses and apartment complexes, schools, faith-based organizations can participate in Irving's Garden For Wildlife program by building home gardens, business landscapes and public outdoor spaces that provide food, cover, places to raise young, access to water and use of sustainable gardening practices.

Find a sunny spot in the garden, and invite wildlife back by planting a simple garden habitat.

Hummingbird with flowers.

Here is a partial list of plants that will attract pollinators:

Host Plants for Butterflies

Nectar Plants

Berries for Birds

Visit Texas SmartScape for a complete list of plants, descriptions and landscape suggestions.

Tips to Start a Wildlife Garden

  • Plant so that there is food year-round, even in the winter.
  • Make sure to have a water source, which can be as simple as a saucer or two in the garden. Be sure to keep the water fresh to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Limit pesticide use.
  • Make sure to have six to eight hours of sun for the sun-loving plants.
  • Plant a variety to attract a variety of pollinators.
  • Optional: Register at the National Wildlife Federation’s website to attain certification. The registration guides you through each step, and certification has a nominal one-time fee of $20. Once accepted, participants receive a certificate and a subscription to the organization's magazine.