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Designing a welcoming garden for butterflies, hummingbirds, pollinators and other wildlife to your garden delivers benefits not only for your personal outdoor space but for your neighborhood and the world at large.

What you plant matters: A diverse garden with a variety of flowering plants is a ‘life supporting’ garden, ensuring a variety of birds and beneficial insect visitors.

  1. Think in terms of abundance not minimalism. Trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials all offer floral resources. Grow multiple patches of perennials and repeated shrubs of the same variety. Bees practice floral consistency.
  2. Buy organic plants and use organic practices. Over 50% of plants from ‘big box’ stores contain nicotinoids, harmful to bees. Avoid pesticides in your yard.
  3. Plant a mix of Native and Non-Native Plants: Mahonia, Coralbark Japanese Maples, Salvia, Sedums, Goldenrod, Penstemmon, Fuschia, Rudbeckia (especially R. triloba), Elderberry, Serviceberry, and Viburnum Shrub varieties.
  4. Provide a source of water: a Birdbath or Water Feature can supply this necessary element for wildlife.

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