Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - March 27, 2009

From: Peachtree City, GA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Shrubs
Title: Native shrubs for wildlife santuary in Georgia
Answered by: Nina Hawkins

QUESTION:

We live south of Atlanta, GA and are trying to have our backyard certified as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Can you suggest native shrubs that thrive in partial sun, are habitats for bird and are deer resistant? Thank you.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants applauds your goal of turning your backyard into a certified wildlife sanctuary!  The selection of plants below should point you in the right direction on your search for partial-shade plants that provide habitat and food for birds, butterflies and other critters.  These plants are all native to Fayette or surrounding counties in Georgia and are also listed by the USDA as having a low probability for browsing by deer.  However, our experience has been that deer will eat almost anything if they are hungry enough.  For additional plant species that are deer resistant, you can check out our recommended species page and click on the Deer Resistant special collection.  You can then narrow your search for Georgia and desired plant characteristics or growing conditions.

 


Cornus amomum

Cornus florida

Euonymus americanus

Hibiscus moscheutos

Ilex glabra

Morella cerifera

Rosa palustris

Sabal minor

 

 

More Shrubs Questions

Replacement for waxleaf privet
December 15, 2014 - i just removed some waxleaf privet due to reading about the invasive and allergy problem to it. Is indian hawthorn blueberry muffin any better? what shrub do you recommend? I want it to grow about 6-1...
view the full question and answer

Yellow-blossomed Shrub that Occurs in Arizona and Texas
May 08, 2012 - What is the name of the large shrubs you will see in Arizona with the bright yellow blossoms. They grow wild everywhere, and I also see them in the town. Could you please tell me the name of them, s...
view the full question and answer

Mountain Laurel slowly dying in San Antonio, TX
December 26, 2012 - My Texas Mountain Laurel seems to be dying in a slow unusual manner. Over the past two weeks the leaves have been turning yellow and falling off starting with the south facing side of my multi-tru...
view the full question and answer

Maine Coastal Shrub for Choral Composition
January 30, 2016 - I'm a choral composer writing a piece of music about Maine. What kind of shrubby things hang on to the rocky bluffs, right by the sea? I'm an avid native plant gardener, but I know my own Massachu...
view the full question and answer

Black chokeberry edible from Huntsville ON
May 04, 2013 - Can the fruit of the black chokeberry be eaten??
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.