See Bonus Table below
1. Gardens & Nature
Butterflies and hummingbirds exist naturally over most of the populated areas of our continent, although species vary from region to region. By planting flowering plants that are their favorite food sources, we can easily set the stage for the local population to become regular visitors to our gardens, providing them with a much-needed source of nutrition, and giving the gardener an opportunity to view them often, and from close proximity.
2. What attracts them?
Hummingbirds are guided by visual means, and are especially attracted to certain shades of red. Many red-colored flowers just happen to be good sources of nectar, a clever signal from Mother Nature.
3. What’s in it for the plant?
4. So where do I start?
Get the whole family involved! This kind of interactive nature project is an ideal way to introduce kids to the garden, and they may have already studied this at school.
5. Which part of the garden is best?
6. How soon will they come?
Don’t give up looking! If you don’t see any action the first season, wait another year or two and just enjoy the flowers in the meantime. Alter the times you go out in the garden until you figure out the favorite feeding time. And remember to keep as quiet and as still as possible.
7. Why isn’t it working for me?
8. Anything else I should know?
Food sources for the caterpillars should also be planned for in the garden, and special attention paid to letting them develop and grow. This is a great activity to do together with kids!
9. Don’t catch the butterflies!
Use this handy bonus table for plants that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. For a complete description for each perennial, simply click its Botanical Name.
Shrubs and Vines
How to Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds (includes Bonus Table)
January 18, 2016 by