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Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and are fantastic at bringing 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 in medicine and cooking, but they also make an ideal plant for wildlife as many 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 and insects such as butterflies and bees, you will need them to get to the flowering stage.

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

If you want to start growing herbs, Amazon has some great starter kits.



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


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


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

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With tiny 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 insects attracted to chives’ fragrant smell.


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


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

Lemon Balm

As you would imagine, the lemon balm does give off a scent of lemon. Lemon balm has whitish flowers, bringing butterflies and bees to your garden.


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


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

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Growing rosemary in your garden will 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, Amazon has some great starter kits.