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How Wild Is Your Garden?

Many people put a lot of work into adding variety to their gardens, mixing and matching woody plants with herbs and grasses, and choosing plants with varying heights, colors, and bloom time. This type of careful consideration can also be used to make your yard a wildlife haven for birds, butterflies, frogs, and other creatures. Native plants, having evolved in concert with our native wildlife, are the best approach to providing a hospitable habitat in your backyard. Our native plants provide nectar for hummingbirds, pollen for bees, berries for birds, nesting sites for squirrels, cover for mammals large and small . . . and are often beautiful and easy to grow.

How much do you know about the native plants that attract wildlife? Take our quiz, and see for yourself: How Wild Is Your Garden?