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Bring Life to Gardens by Attracting Butterflies and Birds

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour

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Butterflies and birds bring gardens to life. Invite them to your yard by planting a variety of flowers and native plants in a sunny spot.

How To Grow a Garden Butterflies Can’t Resist:

  1. Plant masses of flowers that can easily be spotted by butterflies.
  2. Grow butterflies’ favorite colors: red, orange, yellow, pink and purple. They love plants with flat flower heads or ones that grow in clusters. Ask your Garden Center associate to help you find the best butterfly flowers for your climate.
  3. Plant flowers that bloom at different times, so butterflies can find nectar throughout the season. Use annuals and perennials, flowering shrubs, vines and trees.
  4. Grow something for caterpillars to eat, such as milkweed, butterfly weed, aster, sunflower, hollyhock and snapdragon.
  5. If you don’t have a garden, plant in containers, hanging baskets or window boxes instead. Butterflies will find them.

How To Grow A Bird-Friendly Garden:

  1. Offer your feathered friends a backyard buffet by planting annuals and perennials with large seedheads, such as sunflowers, black-eyed Susans and coneflowers.
  2. Hummingbirds drink nectar and are attracted to red, orange and blue flowers.  
  3. Don’t forget water: A birdbath or fountain is very popular. Clean it regularly.
  4. Grow plants that bloom at different times so birds can always find something to eat.
  5. Don’t deadhead the flowers you’re growing for birds – that’s their dinner!


Do not spray chemical pesticides on plants that birds and butterflies might eat.

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