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Garden Plants That Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies

A Gray Hairstreak feeding on a flower

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There is nothing more wonderful than relaxing in your guarded and watching the jeweled flight of humming birds and butterflies as they go about their business in your garden.

But if you don’t often see hummingbirds and butterflies in your garden, it’s not because they don’t like you, it’s probably because they don’t like your plants!

Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to certain types of plants because they drink the nectar from them. Therefore its chance to reason if you want to attract them to your garden and one of the types of plants that they like.

Now this doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to just a few types of plants because there are many different shrubs and flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies love.

When choosing flowers for your garden, you need to keep in mind the zone that you live in and whether you are planting it in a shady or sunny spot and by plant that will thrive under those conditions.

The Red Columbine, for example, will attract hummingbirds and can be grown in zones 2 through 8. The vibrant red color of the plant will look beautiful in your garden as it blooms early in the season and will attract the birds just returning home.

If you want a tall a plant that you could stick at the back of the garden you might consider the Delphinium which grows in zones 2 to 9 and can reach up to 5 feet in height. This is a great flowering plant for any garden scheme as you can get it in a variety of colors.

If you want flocks of butterflies in the fall then you will want to plant a butterfly bush but beware these can grow very, very tall. These also attract hummingbirds and if you add a verbena bush alongside hanging fuchsia you’ll have an area that is very attractive to these beautiful winged creatures.

Marigolds are a common plan but they do produce nectar that butterflies love in a rather inexpensive so you can feel free to fill up your garden with these colorful flowers. Sunflowers are fun to have in the fall and also attract butterflies plus the seeds from the sunflowers make great food for your garden birds.

One thing to consider when attracting butterflies to your garden is the type of butterfly that you want. Certain flowers attract certain types of butterfly’s. The Rabbit Brush and Canada Thistle will attract monarch butterflies while the Geraniums and Lilacs will attract Swallowtails.

Queen butterflies like daisies and the Gray Hairstreak plant is a good one to attract all different kinds of butterflies. Of course, you can’t attract butterflies if they’re not native to the area so you might want to research what types of butterflies are native to your area as well as which plants and native plants according.

In addition to planting flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies like, you might want to add a source of water which will be useful for all kinds of birds as well as butterflies. Getting a nice birdbath, or just put out water set out in dishes will provide for your little winged friends.

Of course, you want to be sure that you provide a healthy environment for them too, so be sure that you clean out the birdbath or water dish frequently and also be careful when adding bug sprays or insecticides as some of these can be harmful to birds and butterflies.

Lee Dobbins writes for Backyard Garden where you can learn more about gardening and choosing garden flowers.
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