This Colorful Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan Brims with Pollinator Favorites

Attract scores of winged visitors with a variety of easy-to-care-for plants.

Every gardener knows the thrill of peering out your window and spotting birds or butterflies enjoying your plants. Of course, to attract these gorgeous guests, you'll need to offer food, water, and shelter in your yard. Enter the bird and butterfly garden, a specially designed haven for pollinators, filled with the right types of plants to encourage these winged creatures to return to your garden again and again. This Better Homes & Gardens butterfly garden plan includes their favorite tubular and cup-shaped flowers, which are filled to the brim with nectar. Grouping these pollinator-friendly plants creates eye-catching layers of color that you'll enjoy, too, with at least one plant in bloom all summer and into fall. Choose a spot that gets full sun and that gives you a great vantage point for watching your fluttering visitors come and go.

Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

Plants for Creating the Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

If you can't find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute them with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. Since some plants can become overly aggressive and take over in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting. For example, butterfly bush can become problematic in some parts of the country, so you may want to plant similarly sized bluebeard—which also has purplish flowers that draw pollinators—instead.

Download the Free Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

The garden plan for this design includes an illustrated version of the planted garden, a detailed diagram of the layout, a list of plants for the garden, and complete instructions for installing it. Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all garden plans, available as printable PDFs.

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