Plants To Attract Birds Bees And Butterflies
There’s nothing better than sitting in your garden on a sunny day, watching wildlife going about their business. To encourage nature to visit your garden, you need the right plants and flowers. A word of warning: avoid invasive species like Japanese Knotweed – they’re harmful to the environment. Before you get stuck in with planting, do a spot of research on what blooms are native to your area for the best results.
Bluebells are a lovely addition to any garden. They’re easy to grow, easy to care for and make a great source of nectar and pollen. The flowers also attract butterflies and bees!
Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) is native to Europe, Asia and North America. It’s a plant with many uses: as a hedge or climbing plant; in flower arrangements; for making tea, eating raw or cooked; and even wine. If you’re looking to attract birds and bees but don’t have room for bushes or vines, honeysuckle might be the answer.
Honeysuckles can be invasive if not contained: they spread by seed and through their roots. To prevent this problem, prune them back after flowering so that the stems form thickets rather than long vines that climb up trees and fences.
Hellebore is a perennial plant that produces white flowers in the winter and spring. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and birds to the garden.
Elderflower is a great plant to grow if you’re looking for a new way to attract birds and butterflies into your garden. It’s native to many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe, Asia and North America. It’s also easy to grow – just make sure it gets enough sun!
Elderflower is known for its large white flowers that bloom in the springtime (April through June). These flowers are full of nectar and pollen that many insects love – especially bees!
Lavender is a perennial herb that grows in the Mediterranean, but it’s easy to grow in other parts of the world. It has fragrant purple flowers and grows up to 3 feet high, so you may need to prune it occasionally if you want more space for other plants.
Lavender attracts bees and butterflies because it provides food for them, particularly nectar and pollen. Bees use lavender as their primary source of pollen; butterflies like its nectar as well.
Viburnum Tinus is a shrub or small tree that can reach heights of up to 15 feet, but it’s usually kept much shorter. It has fragrant white flowers, and at the end of summer it produces blue-black fruits that are eaten by birds. This plant prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade as well. Viburnum Tinus is quite hardy and can be grown in most areas of North America, including cold climates like Canada and Alaska! Because they are so adaptable, viburnums are often planted in large containers to bring indoors during the winter months when they would otherwise die back outside.
Hollyhocks are a perennial plant and are perfect for attracting butterflies, bees and birds. They like full sun in well-drained soil. They can be grown from seed or from root divisions in spring or fall.
Holly is a good food source for birds and insects alike. The leaves of holly are hairless and shiny, and the fruits are very sticky. This makes them easy to pick up by birds and other wildlife, who eat the fruits directly off the plant. Holly also provides shelter for overwintering insects like ladybugs or other bugs that can be eaten later on in the year.
Native plants are best for encouraging wildlife.
Native plants are best for encouraging wildlife. Why? Because native plants have evolved alongside the other organisms in their environment, and they’re well adapted to thrive there. By contrast, non-native species often require more care and maintenance than natives do—and when you feed them, you’re directing precious resources away from native plants that could actually benefit birds and bees!
On that note: if you want to attract bees and butterflies (not just birds), it’s important to plant a variety of flowers with different bloom times so that pollinators can take advantage all year long. This will help ensure these critical insects stay healthy all summer long rather than only relying on one or two favorites during specific seasons.
We hope you enjoyed our list of plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies. If you have any other favourites, let us know in the comments below. And if you’re looking for more gardening ideas, why not check out our post on how to grow a vertical green wall?
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