It is time to plan your garden for this year. Learn how to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden. All 3 of these beautiful creatures play a specific and fantastic role in your garden. Having a healthy garden not only will attract your little friends, but will also give you healthy flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
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Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are looking for food, primarily pollen and nectar on a daily basis. If your garden has what they are looking for, they will come back daily. Hummingbirds prefer tubular flowers like foxglove, whereas butterflies like flowers that they can rest on while eating like cornflowers. Bees are searching for a wide range of pollen flowers and love tomatoes and lantana.
As for herbs, try growing lavender, sage, thyme, parsley, echinacea, and mint. With vegetables, you can plant squash, tomatoes, peas, green beans, and even potatoes to attract the little guys. As for flowers, you can’t go wrong growing roses, lobelia, petunias, delphinium, butterfly bush, or alyssum.
Hummingbirds need a clean source of shallow, moving water to drink and bathe from throughout the day. Hummingbirds prefer stagnant, nonmoving water like a puddle or a bucket. Butterflies will gather around a puddle and bask in the sunlight. Even just having a few saucers of water out in the garden will attract them to your garden. Bees will drink from everywhere including pools, fountains, and even fly through sprinklers for a water break.
Both butterflies and hummingbirds require a place to rest and find shelter during the day. Hummingbirds like large shrubs and tall trees, and butterflies tend to search out smaller shrubs and plants. Bees will rest just about anywhere – so be careful where you step!
Attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds can be done quite easily if you give them what they are searching for. By growing different plants, you will attract different kinds of butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and keep a gardening journal of what plants your new friends are visiting. Make your garden a place for them to enjoy and you will soon be out there even more enjoying it right along with them!
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