Attracting Birds and Butterflies

Attracting Birds and Butterflies

by Barbara Ellis


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A quick-reference guide to attracting birds and butterflies for gardeners with little experience and time.

In the eye of a bird or butterfly, the typical suburban landscape resembles an unfriendly desert. Closely mowed lawns, tightly clipped shrubs, raked-up borders, and deadheaded flowers mean no place to nest, no food to eat, and nowhere to hide. To the humans who live there, this means no bird songs, no colorful butterflies, no dazzling hummingbirds, no night-sparkling fireflies.
Creating a garden that welcomes these creatures may seem like a confusing and complicated task, but the principles involved are relatively simple. Essentially, wildlife needs food, water, and shelter, just like we do, and this lavishly illustrated guide shows which plants attract which creatures, and how to plant and care for them. 


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358106425
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Home Grown Gardening Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 499,344
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

BARBARA ELLIS, a former gardening editor at Rodale Press and the publications director of the American Horticultural Society, is the author of many gardening books. She resides in Chestertown, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Welcoming Winged Wildlife

Food 5

Water 13

Cover and Nest Sites 16

Arranging Cover Plants 18

Growing with Your Design 24

Creating A Bird Garden

Feeding the Birds 30

Nest Boxes and Other Features for a Bird Garden 33

Trees for a Bird Garden 37

Shrubs and Brambles for a Bird Garden 66

Flowers, Grasses, and Vines for a Bird Garden 80

Bird Profiles 88

Planting For Hummingbirds

What Attracts Hummingbirds? 118

Flowers for Hummingbirds 121

Vines for Hummingbirds 155

Trees and Shrubs for Hummingbirds 164

Hummingbird Plants for Southern Zones 166

Hummingbird Profiles 170

Attracting Butterflies

Butterfly Garden Features 192

Flowers for Butterflies 194

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Butterflies 204

Butterfly Profiles 206

Hardiness Zone Map 248

Photo and Illustration Credits 251

Index 253

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