Many people are interested in attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds because of their beauty. Not only is a landscape with these critters wonderful to look at, their presence represents a thriving landscape. Attracting them is of importance because they control infestations, disease and aid in cross pollination. This will attract beneficial insects and birds-creating an ecosystem within your landscape. Continue reading to find what plants attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Bees are essential to any healthy landscape. Not only do they aid in the pollination of your ornamentals they are essential to pollinating most of our food crops. We strongly encourage sustainable practices which encourage bee habitat. One of those steps is to use native plants which; below is a list of trees and shrubs will encourage bee populations year-round.
Vegetables & Herb
The concept behind attracting butterflies is pretty simple. Butterflies are native so stick to native plants. A common mistake people make is planting flowers and shrubs that attract only adult butterflies, neglecting the larvae. Selecting plants that attract both larvae and adult butterflies will ensure generations of butterflies returning for years to come.
Not only are hummingbirds adorable they are fantastic pollinators. Attracting year-round interest can be accomplished by planting for the season. Below is a short list of the plant which will attract year-round interest to hummingbirds.
To set your landscape abuzz with life-attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds; a general rule-of-thumb is to stick to native plants. Creating habitats that offer protection are also a great way to ensure they stick around. Another important factor is minimizing the use of insecticides and pesticides in your landscape. For more information on how to accomplish this, read our blog on organic landscaping by clicking here.
Click here for native resource plant list for attracting butterflies.
Click here for how to create a habitat for certain species of butterflies.
Click here for a comprehensive list of plants that attract hummingbirds.