CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — No matter what time of year it is, plants play a role in not only enhancing the landscape around our homes but play an important role in natures balance. James Gill with Gill Landscape Nursery joined us on 3 News First Edition to tell us more about plants that attract birds and butterflies.

Birds need water, food, cover, and nest sites. Provide these four needs, and the birds will come to your garden. Plants provide three of the four requirements. Add a birdbath, or drip irrigation, and you've got a perfect bird habitat.

There are lots to choose from.  Gill said native plants are good to use, those occur naturally in a region in which they evolved. This will also give you a better diversity of encouraging insects, bees, butterflies and birds. Plus native plants generally need less maintenance and water. It's a win, win

American Beautyberry: Some birds that enjoy the fruits are Brown Thrasher, American Robin.

Possom Haw & Yaupon Holly: Some birds you can expect to see are Cedar Waxwing & Mockingbirds

Turkscap, Texas Lantana: The nectar of choice that attracts hummingbirds

Mistflower: The pollinators; Butterflies, Bees and Insects. Every food source and habitat provided can help pollinators rebound from the challenges they face. You can provide food and habitat in your backyard—or even in your windowsill—to help pollinators thrive.

We would like to thank the University of Texas Marine Science Institute & the Coastal Bend Audubon Society for putting together this segment each month.