How to Look at Your Garden Through the Eyes of Wildlife Visitors

By Susan Tweit, Houzz

Depending on the time of year, you might see in your yard a symphony of flowers in different colors and shapes (spring and summer), a splash of leaves changing (fall) or an accent of seedpods and berries (winter). What the wildlife visitors who use your yard see is very different. Pollinators, for instance, see some flowers that welcome them to dine and others that let them know there is nothing to eat.

Let’s explore what we see and what your yard looks like to birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife when it comes to food.

white peony

Susan J Tweit, original photo on Houzz

What we see. A lovely white peony in full fragrant bloom with a volunteer wildflower next to it that should probably be weeded out of the peony bed.