How do I attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my garden without spending a fortune?

How do I attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my garden without spending a fortune?

20 March, 2010 (00:51) | how to attract hummingbirds | By: admin

Like any homemade ideas are great!

Plant the things they like. Butterflies love zinnias and they are very easy to grow and inexpensive. Hummingbirds like trumpet shaped flowers like moonflowers, scarlet runner beans, and trumpet vines.

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Comment from Soldier’s Girl
Time March 20, 2010 at 6:27 am

Plant the things they like. Butterflies love zinnias and they are very easy to grow and inexpensive. Hummingbirds like trumpet shaped flowers like moonflowers, scarlet runner beans, and trumpet vines.
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Comment from Mo Plants
Time March 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

Plants are without question the best attractors of all because the birds and butteflies recognize them. And, for you they are ideal becasue you don’t have to buy feeders, make sugar-water, clean them and replace when they break. Plant one butterfly bush (Buddliea davidii) near a window and you’ve got jewels of the air floating from flower to flower all day long. My autumn sage, (Salvia greggii) blooms all summer and some greedy hummers will actually try to defend their nectar supply against all comers.

This very well written article will help you get a good start toward understanding how to lure butterflies by planting a few species they can’t resist.
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Comment from plant freak chick
Time March 20, 2010 at 7:10 am

I would say plant a few flowers that they like I was not looking to attract humming birds because I have cats but I planted Raspberry Monardia which grows in a sunny spot and self seeds the plants are about two and a half to three and a half feet tall and gets these hot pink flowers that look like a exploding firecracker and the humming birds love this plant in fact they fight over it and as for my cats the humming birds are just way too fast. I have heard that hummingbirds are attracted to reds and pinks as far a flowers and the more fraquent the better. I would look up hummingbird flowers and see what they have listed for plants and plant a couple and keep adding more every year because humming birds keep coming back year after year.
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Comment from mrlaze
Time March 20, 2010 at 7:27 am

hummingbirds seem to really enjoy the Callistemons (glaucus or citrinus I’m not too sure, they are bright red when blooming) at my house and at my moms house.
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Comment from goofinoff
Time March 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

At our house they love butterfly bush, bee balm and even hosta flowers. And you don’t have to fill a feeder!
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Comment from Zoe Ann Hinds
Time March 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

You should plant a garden with a long season of overlapping bloom, including plants such as the petunia, annual red salvia, autumn sage and shrimp plants, or the firebush.

You should plant flowers and plants which are native to your area of the country. You can find out information concerning the specific plants that grown in your area and attract hummingbirds by talking with someone from a plant nursery that is located where you live.

Your flower garden should have areas of sun, partial sun, and shade. If the area of your yard where you want to create the hummingbird habitat is sunny most of the day, then you need to plant trees and shrubs. If the area is entirely in the shade, you will want to open up the area to let large patches of sunlight in. Having areas that allow both sun and shade is necessary to grow a wide variety of plants.

You want your flower garden to consist of many levels of vegetation. The area should have some tall trees, some medium-height trees, some flowers, some grassy areas, as well as some shrubs. These different levels will provide the hummingbirds a variety of choices of where to feed or where to perch to rest or roost.

You want to plant lots of flowers including those that are known to attract hummingbirds as well as others. You should select a variety of flowers that will bloom at different times, because there will always be something flowering. The flowers will serve two very important purposes: they will provide a source of nectar for the hummingbirds, and they will also attract insects on which the birds will feed.

It is also important for your flower garden to have a source of water available for the hummingbirds. One way to do this is by having a birdbath available. The birdbath should have a very shallow water depth to allow the birds to stand in the water if they choose to do so. Adding some small flat rocks to the birdbath will create different water depths within the birdbath.

Having a wide variety of plants will provide the female hummingbird a wide variety of nesting materials from which to choose.

Your hummingbird garden should also contain some perches so the hummingbirds can survey the territory. You might want to create some perches that give the birds a good view over the flowers.

Pesticides should never be used in a hummingbird garden! The hummingbird can ingest the pesticide while feeding on insects and spiders.