Herbs To Grow To Attract Wildlife

Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and are fantastic at bringing in a wide variety of wildlife to your garden. Bees, butterflies, moths, and birds can all be attracted to your garden with the right herbs.

Herbs have been used for many centuries for their use in medicine and cooking, but also make an ideal plant for wildlife as many of them have beautiful flowers and foliage. Herbs can be grown in flower borders and containers, even on a window sill.

If you want your herbs to benefit birds as well as insects such as butterflies and bees then you will most likely need them to get to the flowering stage.

If you want to start growing herbs there are some great starter kits on Amazon.

Below you will find a list of some great herbs that will attract wildlife into your garden.



Angelica is a tall, early-flowering herb that is full of nectar. This herb will bring in bees and hoverflies along with birds which will feed on their seeds.


Bergamot, not to be confused with the bergamot orange has red-pink flowers that are spiky. Bergamot will attract bees into your garden.


Borage is a herb that has blue flowers. Hoverflies, bees and butterflies are just some of the insects that borage will have flying around them.


With small white flowers, caraway is a leafy member of the parsley family. The flowers attract butterflies and bees to their nectar.


Bees and butterflies are just some of the insects that are attracted to the fragrant smell of chives.


The yellow flowers of fennel attract hoverflies and the seeds provide food for many species of birds. Fennel is also essential for butterflies as it provides food for the larvae, including the American swallowtail which you may be able to spot as a caterpillar.


With its beautiful smell it is no surprise that lavender attracts both bees and butterflies to its flowers.

Lemon Balm

As you would imagine lemon balm does give off a scent of lemon. Lemon balm has whitish flowers which will bring butterflies and bees to your garden.


One of my favorite smells, mint will also bring bees and butterflies to your garden.


Another herb that is used often in cooking, oregano is fantastic at attracting butterflies and bees with its white flowers.


Growing rosemary in your garden is sure to bring bees to its pale blue flowers.


The small, purplish flowers of sage will attract butterflies and bees.


Thyme is excellent at attracting many types of insects including bees and butterflies.

If you want to start growing herbs there are some great starter kits on Amazon.

Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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