Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden is as easy as planting the flowers they like. Plant enough of their favorites so that they can find them easily and return often. But hummingbirds and butterflies need more than just nectar, like water and shelter. One very important thing to remember about attracting hummingbirds, butterflies or anything that is going to be tasting the plants in your garden is to avoid using pesticides. Here are more tips for what to plant to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and how to keep them happy, healthy and returning to your yard.
Every gardener loves butterflies, but to attract butterflies to your garden, you have to be willing to feed their offspring. That means putting up with some destruction from feeding caterpillars. If you can deal with this, then make butterflies at home in your garden with puddles for drinking and cooling off, logs for shelter, host plants for laying eggs and, of course, flowers for nectar. Here are more tips for attracting butterflies to your garden.
Many favorite butterfly plants are herbs. Dill, parsley and fennel all have those wonderful flat, umbel landing pads butterflies love, as well as plenty of nectar. You can include them in a designated herb garden or incorporate these herbs into any border. Read on for more about attracting butterflies with herbs.