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

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To attract wildlife to your yard, you’ll need to offer food, water, and shelter. This bird and butterfly garden plan has just the right types of plants to encourage these beautiful winged creatures to return to your garden again and again. This design includes their favorite tubular and cup-shaped flowers that are filled to the brim with nectar. Layering these pollinator-friendly plants together creates eye-catching drifts of color that you'll enjoy, too, with something in bloom all summer and into fall. Site this garden in a spot that gets full sun, where you can easily watch your fluttering visitors come and go.

Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

Plants for Creating the Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control 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 instead want to plant similarly sized bluebeard that also has purplish flowers that draw pollinators.

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

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