Butterflies and birds have numerous benefits for any residential landscape whether you have a small yard or acres of land. Inviting butterflies to your garden is as simple as planting flowering trees and plants to provide them with nectar. Birds love places they can nest and find good sources of food and water.
Adding a butterfly area to your garden will not only add beauty and color to your landscape, it will also attract other beneficial insects and provide a therapeutic spot that is also interesting to observe and study. To attract butterflies you need to plant flowering trees and shrubs that provide nectar; butterflies’ main food source. Some of our favorites include the elegant Black Knight Butterfly Bush with delicate lavender flowers, the golden Tulip Poplar and the vibrant Purple Lilac.
One of the most important things for attracting birds is to providing a safe place for them to nest. Hedgerows such as the Willow Hybrid, Thuja Green Giant, and Nellie Stevens Holly provide great nesting places for Mocking Birds, Robins and Warblers. Rabbit Eye Blueberry, Honeyberry, Black Beauty Mulberry, and Hetz Juniper will also provide them with food.
Who can resist the delicate beauty of the hummingbird with its vibrant colors and wings that beat an amazing 12 – 80 times per second? Attracting these colorful creatures to your garden is easy. We have a wide range of colorful shrubs that will draw these winged jewels, including Black Knight Butterfly Bush, Mimosa Tree, Amethyst Falls Wisteria, and our range of Camellias.
Walls and Fences
You can turn walls and fences into a living haven for birds and butterflies by planning climbing shrubs and vines. The Amethyst Falls Wisteria is perfect for this. Its clusters of hanging, lavender blooms will draw many varieties of butterfly to your garden. Vines such as this not only add color and beauty to your garden, they can also be great nesting places for smaller birds such as Chickadees and Finches.
Water is equally important to birds and butterflies. A birdbath, fountain or other decorative water feature is ideal, but don’t worry if you don’t have room. Small terracotta or stone dishes placed in strategic positions in your garden make great drinking pool and bird baths.