If you want to attract Butterflies or Birds this summer, maybe you could try some of these things:
- Choose a sunny location. Butterflies and most butterfly-attracting plants require full sun.
- Select single rather than double flowers, because they are easier for butterflies and hummingbirds to get to.
- Plant nectar-producing flowers of bright colors. Butterflies prefer brightly-colored flowers. Clusters of short flat-topped flowers provide the ideal shapes for Butterflies to easily land and feed. And plant shrubs with berries for the birds.
- Use large splashes of color, grow your plants together. The groupings are easier for Butterflies to find than isolated plants.
- Plan for continuous flowering throughout the growing season. Butterflies are active from early spring like Azaleas, through summer like the butterfly bush, Buddleia, and well into late fall with Chrysanthemum.
- Include damp areas or shallow puddles in the garden. Butterflies need to drink and they also extract salts from moist soil. And birds like to bath in the pools. Be careful, these pools will also attract unwanted insects like mosquitoes.
- Place flat stones in the garden. Stones hold heat, and Butterflies like to bask in the sun.
- Do not use pesticides in or near your Garden. Pesticides are toxic to Butterflies and some birds. Instead use predatory insects like lady bugs or insecticidal soap.
If you’d like to attract Birds and Butterflies, take a look at these flowers and shrubs from Wayside Gardens: Caryopteris Longwood Blue, Nepeta Sweet Dreams, and a favorite for the birds Veronica Giles Van Hees