Attracting Birds and Butterflies

I love watching birds and butterflies fluttering around in my flower beds and herb garden. There are lots of flowers and herbs that help attract birds and butterflies to our gardens. I have selected plants in my gardens to attract Hummingbirds, Cardinals, Meadowlarks, Bluebirds, Red Bellied Woodpeckers and Butterflies; of course I also have Sparrows, Robins, Blackbirds and Doves. All of the trees were already established when we purchased our house, but I have since added lots of plants to my garden that are known to attract birds and butterflies.

ButterflySome of the plants I have added recently are Bee Balm, Columbine, Hosta, Salvia, Parsley, Lilac bushes, Butterfly bushes. In addition to plants, shrubs and trees, you can attract birds with bird baths, bird houses, nectar, sunflower seeds and many other bird food available at a variety of stores. If adding a bird bath, be sure to change the water every day, and every few days you should empty the bath, scrub with a brush and rinse it well.

These are only a few of the ways I like to attract fluttering wildlife to my gardens. If you would like some ideas on gardening that will attract birds and butterflies, join us on May 30th, 2013 from 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. in Anton room 202 when the Master Gardeners will discuss planning and maintenance on gardens that attract birds, butterflies.