There is a robust beauty to a garden that attracts nature's most delicate creatures. A butterfly and hummingbird garden is a remarkable sight, not only for the living visitors, but also for the bountiful beauty of the constant inhabitants. It is easy to build a garden that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. A few simple additions will bring a wide variety of the hummingbird's cousins to roost in your yard as well.
Both butterflies and hummingbirds love nectar-producing flowers. Some favorites include begonias, snapdragons, impatiens, and geraniums. Additional incentives to hummingbirds are nectar towers filled with a pre-mixed sugar and water solution. Hummingbird nectar is simple to make--¼ cup sugar and 1 cup water stirred until the sugar dissolves makes a very attractive nectar. Store unused nectar in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Butterfly houses keep predators out while offering shelter from wind. Your butterflies will not just come to your garden, they will set up housekeeping if you give them a place to stay.
Big groups of colorful flowers are easier for passing nectar lovers to spot and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds faster than a single plan, or sparse row planting styles.
Location, Location, Location
Prime real estate for a butterfly and hummingbird garden is important. Select areas that get at least five hours of full sun a day, the more sun the better. The types of flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love thrive in sunlight as well.
Your butterflies may bless your garden with offspring to carry on their occupancy. Butterfly babies are caterpillars, so treat these fuzzy, crawling insects with admiration and care so they turn into lovely flighted butterflies.
More birds will come to the area if you put out seed feeders and high birdhouses to protect them from ground predators. Hang birdhouses from tall tree branches, or on a tall pole at the center of your garden. Birdhouses on poles are better than in trees because it is harder for the predators that can climb to get at them.
Treat your butterfly and bird garden with care and use organic means of weed control whenever possible. Pesticides are dangerous to most wildlife visitors to a garden, but delicate butterflies and minute hummingbirds are extremely susceptible to the dangers of poison on the plants they feed from.