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Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees… and the Butterflies!

Happy spring everyone!  With the warmer weather approaching, it’s a great time to talk about creating an oasis of pollination for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies right in your own backyard. Not only are these nectar loving creatures so much fun to watch and enjoy, they are essential to our ecosystem, pollinating trees, vegetable plants and flowers.

There are oodles of great plants from shrubs, annuals and perennials to choose from that will attract the hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.   Check out my list below of some of my all-time favourites.

Milkweed

also known as Ascelepsis

This is one of the best perennials for attracting both butterflies and bees.   It is also known as the plant that butterfly larvae feed on.  Monarchs love this plant so it is a must for any butterfly garden!

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Butterfly Bush

also known as Buddleia

As the name states, this bush is definitely a butterfly magnet.  With its cone shaped flowers it blooms all summer long and is super easy care.  They come in purple, white, yellow and pink in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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Yarrow

also known as Achillea

Not only does this sturdy perennial attract bees and butterflies, it also makes a super cut flower.  Yellow varieties are the most common however yarrow does in come in many colours such as red, pink and white as well.

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Lavender

also known as Lavendula

With its sweet fragrance, lavender is a great pick for not only attracting pollinators but also because it is a tough yet pretty perennial.  There are hundreds of varieties but one of my favourite is the classic English Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia).  It is a compact perennials with dark lavender spikes of super fragrant flowers.

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Million Bells

also known as Calibrachoa

This pretty annual plant comes in a wide variety of colours.  Hummingbirds especially love feeding on the nectar inside its tubular shaped flowers. I recommend choosing pink, purple, yellow, orange or red flowers as hummingbirds are attracted to bright colours (especially red) as it indicates food to them.

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Trumpet Vine

also known as Campsis Radicans

This vigorous perennial vine grows has beautiful tubular shaped flowers hummingbirds love to feed on.  With pretty reddish orange flowers it is the perfect hummingbird magnet!

Tip: be sure to prune this vine regularly so it will stay compact and not get out of control.

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Russian Sage

also known as Perovskia

One of the best perennials for the summer and fall is Russian Sage.  It is showy, tough, loves the hot sun and is drought tolerant.  Plus it attracts lots of bees and butterflies making it a great addition to your garden.

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Lilac

You know spring has arrived when you catch the scent of lilacs in the air.  With its sweet smell and nectar rich flowers, lilacs attract both bees and butterflies early in the season.

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Bee Balm

also known as Monarda

With its super sweet fragrance and bright colours it’s no wonder butterflies and hummingbirds gravitate toward this gorgeous perennial.  It can grow up to four feet tall and blooms through summer and even into fall.

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Petunia

This classic annual has the perfect shaped flowers perfect for hummingbirds to feed on.  Great in hanging baskets, be sure to deadhead flowers to keep your petunias blooming into early fall.

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Weigela

With its small tubular pink flowers weigela is a sun loving shrub that attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. The variety “wine and roses” is one of my favourites not only for its beautiful pink flowers that bloom in the spring and summer but also it has an unusual dark foliage.

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Lantana

This is an awesome annual that loves the hot sun, is drought tolerant and produces clusters of gorgeous blooms that butterflies can’t get enough of. “Citrus Blend” is a Proven Winners variety that is a striking blend of both bright orange and yellow which is one of my personal favourites.

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Coneflower

also known as Echinacea

This long blooming perennial is great to keep butterflies and bees munching on the nectar right into the fall in your garden.

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Zinnia

With a rainbow of bright coloured, daisy-like flowers, this long blooming annual is perfect for attracting both hummingbirds and butterflies.  It also is drought tolerant and low maintenance!

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Coreopsis

This is a terrific perennial that blooms later in the summer and into fall that attracts a wide variety of butterflies.   It can tolerate hot, dry weather and once the initial blooms have faded be sure to trim off dead blooms and it will bloom again.

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Autumn Joy Sedum

You wouldn’t typically think that a sedum would be a butterfly magnet but the variety “autumn joy” is a later blooming perennial that the butterflies love!  The blooms open late in the season while the green thick stalks change colour.

Cardinal Flower

also known as Lobelia Cardinalis

This lobelia is a perennial native to North America that products flaming red spikes of tubular shaped flowers perfect for hummingbirds to feed on.   It has a long blooming time from about May thru October and can grow up to four feet tall.

With these plants I suggested you will have a long season of attracting these lovely little creatures to your garden to enjoy for years to come.

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