Pollinators (butterflies, bees and birds) are very important to our environment. Without them many plants would not produce the end products we use. But they also bring a sense of calm and enjoyment to the garden. We all want that beautiful butterfly to come to our gardens, planting food sources for your inhabitants is a great way to get them to the garden. Here are a few great plants to include!
Asclepias tuberosa, if you want Monarch butterflies in your garden you must plant this plant (a main food source for the caterpillar)!
Echinacea spp. is a great for summer bees and butterflies and a good seed source for birds in fall and winter!
Rudbeckia spp. great for butterflies and bees and a seed source come fall and winter for the birds.
Lavender’s, Salvia’s and Nepeta’s all have a similar type of flower loved by all nectar feeders!
Phlox spp. This Phlox has a hummingbird moth visiting it!
These are just a few examples, there are many more excellent plants to include in your garden! Want us to create the perfect Butterfly garden for you? Contact us now!
Be sure to include some water sources for you wildlife and you’ll get that added bonus of tranquil water sounds in your garden. Butterflies and bee’s prefer water and rocks. While birds enjoy more open water.
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Communing with nature is a great way to spend the evening after a long day of hard work and relax. The best gardens are those that are wildlife friendly! Here are a few tips to make your landscape a more welcoming environment. Birds of all species need various nesting sites. It’s good to have a variety of trees, shrubs and evergreens. Even an old dead tree can fit into your landscape to invite woodpeckers and nuthatches to nest. Butterflies need nectar sources, host sources (for the caterpillars) and shelter. And all living beings need water, a great way to attract more wildlife is to include a water source.
Here’s small list of plants to entice the birds, bees and butterflies!
Trees and shrubs for birds:
Serviceberry (amelanchier)-the birds love to gobble up the berries in the spring!
Hawthorn (crataegus)-great protective tree for nesting and produces berries for a food source.
Colorado Spruce or Norway Spruce (picea)-A great protective nesting site for birds (as with most other evergreens).
Red/Black Chokeberry (aronia)-another great food source for birds.
Butterfly garden plants:
False Indigo (baptisia)
Butterfly Bush (buddleia)
Bee Balm (monarda)
A small pond or fountain makes a great open water source.