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Build a Butterfly or Hummingbird Garden at Home

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Who’s is going to set up a Butterfly or Hummingbird Garden at home this year? Our friend Kori from KoriAtHome will be giving us a step by step information on how to set up a butterfly or hummingbird garden at home.

Planting a garden together as a family can be fun. And while you may want to start with a vegetable garden or an indoor herb garden; there are other types of gardens to try.

For example, if you want to do a garden with your kids, you could do a simple flower garden. Or you could set up a butterfly garden at home. Setting up a butterfly garden may also attract hummingbirds.

Before we continue, lets answer some questions about butterfly gardens and hummingbirds gardens, shall we?

What colors attract butterflies and hummingbirds?

It pays to have a wide variety of colors in your garden. If you love seeing butterflies and hummingbirds flitting around your garden, you need colors that will draw them in.

Butterflies see a wide variety of colors including warm tones in the red, orange, and yellow range as well as cooler tones in purple.

Hummingbirds can also see a variety of colors, including those that attract butterflies, but the color that attracts them the most is red.

What plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies?

When choosing plants for your garden, look for those that not only provide a lot of color, but also provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds.

If you’re working with a small space, choose plants that attract both. Sage, verbena, phlox, delphinium, and hollyhock are just a few that will attract both to your garden.

What is a hummingbird’s favorite flower?

Hummingbirds prefer plants with tubular flowers in bright colors, especially the color red.

Petunias are a wonderful choice because they are easy to grow, inexpensive, do well in hanging baskets, and provide good ground coverage. Plus, they come in a variety of colors.

What attracts a butterfly to a flower?

Color. Butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple. They also like flowers that are closely clustered together and have small flower tubes.

What is the best hanging plant to attract hummingbirds?

If you want to really wow the hummingbirds in your garden, consider planting a mixture of mini petunias, geraniums, and fuchsias in your hanging baskets.

These plants thrive when planted together and it will be almost impossible for the birds to resist. If you’re simply buying baskets that are already filled, opt for any of the three, but petunias are a great option.

How to Set Up a Butterfly or Hummingbird Garden at Home

Butterfly gardens require several things to be successful: plants, water, and the right gardening attitude.

With just a little bit of planning, you can have beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds flocking to your garden.

That’s good news for gardeners because not only are these winged creatures fun to watch, they’re essential pollinators. The key is to know what hummingbirds and butterflies look for, which is flowers with nectar.

Before you even begin your butterfly garden, find out which species of butterflies are in your area. Consider taking an exploratory hike around your location with a butterfly identification book.

This may take a little extra time and effort, but the results will be worth it. After you have compiled your list of local butterfly species, be sure to write down in your butterfly garden plan what these particular species of butterflies use for nectar and food plants.

How to Choose Flowers for a Butterfly Garden

When you select nectar-rich plants for your garden, look for varieties that are both prolific bloomers and have a long bloom time. Prune your plants to prevent excessive woody growth and encourage the growth of new flowers.

Try these tips from Monrovia, one of the leading growers of plants:

  • Hummingbirds are attracted to bright orange, red and hot pink blossoms. Their long, narrow beaks can reach the nectar of long, tubular flowers such as the Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine with its large scarlet blossoms, and the Goldflame Honeysuckle, which has vibrant yellow and red flowers.

Other good choices are the Super Red Flowering Maple and the Navajo series of Salvia, available in many colors, including bright red, rose and salmon red.

  • Not all hummingbirds feed at the same height, so plant an array of shrub sizes and climbing vines for food sources.
  • Butterflies are attracted to yellow, orange and red. They too are seeking nectar, but their mouths, or proboscises, are much smaller, so they prefer flatter flowers they can perch on while they feed. The no-fail plant for butterflies is the Butterfly Bush, or Buddleja.

However, since they can get too large for some gardens, consider the Petite series of Dwarf Butterfly Bushes. Petite Indigo has a profusion of lilac-blue flowers; Petite Plum sports reddish-purple blooms and the Petite Snow has pure white blossoms.

  • Lilacs are favorites of butterflies but don’t typically flower well in climates with warmer winters. The Blue Skies Lilac produces huge clusters of light lavender-blue flowers that don’t require winter chilling. Butterflies love Coneflowers, such as the bright pink Pixie Meadowbrite.

Asters are great because they bloom well into fall. The new Farmington Aster has a profusion of lilac bloom clusters that butterflies flock to.

More Important Elements for Your New Butterfly Garden

Supply a source of water. Hummingbirds enjoy flying through a fine mist, which cools them off. Butterflies like drinking from shallow puddles. Position some large flat rocks in a sunny spot, on which butterflies can sun themselves to warm their wings.

A birdbath will look attractive and keep the butterflies up off the ground, away from stray cats or mischievous puppies. A shallow dish on a post or hung in a tree will do just as well.

You can also provide simple nectar water.

Wind can be a butterfly’s worst enemy so be sure to have plenty of wind protection in your design. You can plant tall shrubs and other plants in order to create a windbreak, but a location that avoids heavy winds is even better.

By following these tips, you can turn your backyard into a welcoming sanctuary for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Your turn: What tips do you have set up a Butterfly or Hummingbird Garden at home?

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