Creating A Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden

We delight in our butterflies and hummingbirds all summer here in our forest garden, but especially in July when they visit in abundance. I have finally updated one of the earliest posts from the early days of Forest Garden in 2013 to include an expanded list of plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden, and more recent photos from our garden.   We hope you are inspired to attract more of these beautiful winged creatures to your own garden.

-WG

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July 2014, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoys the Echinacea.July 2014, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoys the Echinacea.

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Even before buying this home, we were  enchanted by the many butterflies and songbirds darting around from tree to tree  behind the house.  There were trees I couldn’t even name covered in sweet smelling flowers growing in the edge of the ravine, Rose of Sharon bushes behind the house, and a great Mimosa tree covered in silky pink flowers.  Butterflies flew a circuit from one to the next, and bright hummingbirds flew unbelievably close to our windows to get to the huge Rose of Sharon flowers.

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July 20, 2014 butterflies 014~

Over that first long winter, I planned for a butterfly and hummingbird garden to bring these bright creatures even closer.  We have been rewarded many times over by the beauty of both the flowers and the birds and insects drawn to them.

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October 1, 2010 044Sages, zinnias, Lantana and roses provide a constant variety…

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