Birds and bees

As climate zones shift, many birds, animals and insects will be stressed as they try to adjust. You can help them by providing food, water, shelter and native plants.

  • Add native plants to your landscaping. Native fauna depend on them for survival.
  • Choose plants with wildlife habitat in mind. Perennials and shrubs can provide food and shelter for birds and other animals.
  • Provide birds and insects with micro-sources of water.
  • Look for organic alternatives to synthetic herbicides and pesticides.

Bird bathBirds and insects appreciate puddles
of water.









Blazing StarsThe beauty of native
Blazing Star
can rival that of any exotic species.











Flower BedJean Morgan’s flower “bed” includes the natives
Black-Eyed Susan

and Scarlet Gilia.




Jean Morgan’s Easy-to-grow Native Plants

Missouri Evening PrimroseMissouri Evening Primrose
Oenothera macrocarpa

Long blooming perennial.
Vigorous flowering; flowers open in late afternoon and close the next morning; cascading growth habit;
long lived. 10-12” tall.
Plant in sun. Tolerates a
variety of soils.



Desert Four O'ClockColorado Four-o’clock
Mirabilis multiflora

Late summer perennial.
Wide mounded habit;
trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow stamens open late morning; 12-30” tall. Plant in sun or part shade. Needs well-drained soils.


White Pussy ToesWhite Pussytoes
Antennaria parvifolia

Spring perennial. Silver gray foliage; flowers resemble cat toes; good in rock gardens. 2-6” tall. Sun to part shade.