“Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
The flutter of small, bright wings amongst the flowers is a welcome sight for gardeners. Butterflies bring a fresh spark of life to our gardens and homes with brilliant colors and helpful pollination. The life of a butterfly is fleeting but exhilarating, pollinating flowers and migrating great distances to find a new home. Our gardens are graced as they venture through.
Hummingbirds, however, may live up to a decade or more—long enough to become a regular Spring visitor in your garden. Their quick flights and seemingly motionless pauses for a drink of nectar make one admire their tireless energy.
The busy bee is another spring visitor that inspires anyone with an appreciation for nature. Probably the most efficient pollinator, our food supply and gardens are healthier, brighter and more colorful with the help of these industrious little creatures.
Here are a few tricks to tempt them to visit your garden and keep it teeming with colorful life:
When it comes to pollinators, not all flowers are created equal. Certain colors and varieties of plants will attract these happy springtime guests more than others. We’ve got a full list of our own homegrown plants that our winged friends adore. This is the perfect resource for the gardener looking to create an inviting garden that others (both humans and animals) can enjoy as well.
MVG – Grower of Pollinator Friendly Plants