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How do I attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my garden without spending a fortune?

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5 Responses to “How do I attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my garden without spending a fortune?”

  1. Soldier's Girl

    Plant the things they like. Butterflies love zinnias and they are very easy to grow and inexpensive. Hummingbirds like trumpet shaped flowers like moonflowers, scarlet runner beans, and trumpet vines.

  2. Mo Plants

    Plants are without question the best attractors of all because the birds and butteflies recognize them. And, for you they are ideal becasue you don’t have to buy feeders, make sugar-water, clean them and replace when they break. Plant one butterfly bush (Buddliea davidii) near a window and you’ve got jewels of the air floating from flower to flower all day long. My autumn sage, (Salvia greggii) blooms all summer and some greedy hummers will actually try to defend their nectar supply against all comers.

    This very well written article will help you get a good start toward understanding how to lure butterflies by planting a few species they can’t resist.
    http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/specialtygardening/wildlifegardening/InvitingButterfliesToGarden.aspx

  3. plant freak chick

    I would say plant a few flowers that they like I was not looking to attract humming birds because I have cats but I planted Raspberry Monardia which grows in a sunny spot and self seeds the plants are about two and a half to three and a half feet tall and gets these hot pink flowers that look like a exploding firecracker and the humming birds love this plant in fact they fight over it and as for my cats the humming birds are just way too fast. I have heard that hummingbirds are attracted to reds and pinks as far a flowers and the more fraquent the better. I would look up hummingbird flowers and see what they have listed for plants and plant a couple and keep adding more every year because humming birds keep coming back year after year.

  4. mrlaze

    hummingbirds seem to really enjoy the Callistemons (glaucus or citrinus I’m not too sure, they are bright red when blooming) at my house and at my moms house.

  5. goofinoff

    At our house they love butterfly bush, bee balm and even hosta flowers. And you don’t have to fill a feeder!

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