If your garden needs some TLC after the cold winter months consider choosing plants that will attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These animals can be a welcome addition to your garden, not only because of their beauty, but because of their usefulness in pollinating flowers and plants. In order for your garden to thrive, make sure you choose plants that are indigenous to your area and can survive harsh climate changes. Provide adequate soil, fertilizer and drainage for these plants.

Attracting Bees

Bees find blue, purple and yellow flowers with flat or shallow blooms most appealing. They’re also attracted to herbs and fruit bearing plants.

  • Asters
  • Basil
  • Daisies
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Plum
  • Strawberry
  • Sunflowers
  • Wild Lilac

Attracting Butterflies

These beauties are drawn to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped and nectar rich.

  • Cosmos
  • Dahlias
  • Delphinium
  • Foxglove
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Sage
  • Zinnias

Attracting Hummingbirds

Brightly–colored flowers that are tubular in shape hold the most nectar which draws hummingbirds to these plants.

  • Begonias
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Columbines
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Petunias

What will you be adding to your garden this spring? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

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