During the cold winter months our thoughts often spring forward to the summertime when you can feel the warmth of the sun and the soft pull of a breeze and, in the background, there is the fluttering of butterfly wings accompanied by the underlying buzz of hummingbirds and bees close by. These are the special moments in the garden when everything seems to come together in perfect harmony and there is nothing nobler than creating a space for the birds, the butterflies and the bees to hang out in.
Butterflies are attracted to scents, hummingbirds love colour and bees enjoy both as well as being attracted to pollen. They all need and love the warmth of the sun so have some open spaces for them too. They also all love diversity, a smorgasbord of plants if you will, so plant as many different varieties as you can and they will definitely pick you first!
These three very different and much sought after creatures have different tastes and likes but thankfully there are some plants they all like and are attracted to. Some maybe more than others but the bottom line is if you plant some or all of the plants that we’re about to list, they will be attracted to your garden and will spend time there.
So without much more ado here it is, the not-so-secret wish list to attract the birds, butterflies and bees to your garden:
Alcea = colour, drama in summer
Allium = fall planting and late spring/early summer blooming
Aquilegia = colour, height and early season attraction
Asclepias = bright colour that butterflies love
Aster = late season colour
Coreopsis = colour in summer
Echinacea = colour in very late summer
Echinops = mid summer attractor
Gaillardia = late blooming colour
Liatris = loved by all in summer
Monarda = summer colour, fragrance and they all love it
Phlox = offering nectar in summer and fall
Rudbeckia = late season beauty
Sedum = fabulous summer foliage and late season colour
In addition to the plants be sure to have little safe havens set aside for them such as small shallow pools of fresh water for drinking and lots of lush foliage for them to dart into should they feel threatened. We’ve got a very nice selection of Mason Bee houses and accessories to help you attract these useful pollinators to your garden. Check them out by clicking this link.
And of course you can always use the Detailed Search function on the Botanus website to choose plants that we’ve designated as Butterfly & Bee friendly.
…so let the buzzing begin!