Answer: If you want to attract local wildlife, native plants are always winners. These plants will provide food and shelter; all you need to do is add water (for the plants and for the wildlife!) Some examples of native plant/wildlife relationships include: Red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum ) and the Rufous Hummingbird - the flowering of the currant coincides with the spring arrival of the Rufous Hummingbird. Plants with berries - Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) attracts most songbirds and hummingbirds; Mountain Ash (Sorbus spp.) attracts waxwings and woodpeckers; other good berry plants include Huckleberry (Vaccinium spp.), Elderberry, and Snowberry. Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) provides resources for many species: seeds for a variety of birds, wood and twigs for deer, shelter for larvae of the brown tissue moth, and a good nectar source for bees.
For even more examples, you can visit one of the following websites:
http://www.wildwords.com (Pacific Northwest native plants for wildlife)
http://www.wnps.org (Washington Native Plant Society)
Best wishes with your landscape!
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