Summer Garden Visitors

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gardening for butterflies

Want to add a little life to your summer garden? Attract pretty butterflies, birds and hummingbirds with specific plants and features.

Host and nectar plants will bring butterflies to your garden, as host plants are the types that caterpillars eat. Milkweed, fennel, parsley, dill and Queen Anne’s lace are all top choices for host plants. Tuck them in the back border of your garden, so munched-on leaves won’t be front and center.

For the birds, add a birdbath to a shady spot in your garden, and change water frequently to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Bee Balm, lupine, hollyhock, coral bells and foxglove are all varieties likely to attract hummingbird visitors.

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