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Gardening for Birds and Butterflies + Backyard Wildlife

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies + Backyard Wildlife

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies _ Backyard Wildlife

Nature’s Garden celebrates the increasingly green-hearted spirit of gardening. It will inspire you to transform your home landscape into a healthy haven for friends, family, and wildlife. From designing backyard bird and butterfly habitats to organic vegetable gardens to nurturing wildflower meadows and native plant collections, Nature’s Garden will help you find easy and practical ways to garden—and make choices—with respect for all living things.

País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Meredith Corporation
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1 min.
grow a garden for good

Sometimes it takes a while to find what you’re looking for. Growing up as a suburban kid in Indiana in the 1960s, I knew where, in the surrounding woodlands, to find spring-blooming violets and Mayapples. I knew where—well, I was shown by my older brothers—to find a patch of pawpaws precisely when the pendulous fruit was at its most delectable. And I knew where you could catch (with your bare hands!) so many leopard frogs that you could fill a good-sized galvanized bucket to overflowing. As a garden editor and writer, I’ve been lucky enough to indulge in my favorite pastime—creating that special place where the home landscape becomes a world where we can explore our natural environment. I’ve been fortunate to witness Purple Martins lining their nests with mouthfuls of…

1 min.
home sweet home

Trees provide shelter as well as food to diverse wildlife, including birds, insects (especially pollinators), tree frogs, squirrels, and others. Trees also shelter our homes and buildings, creating shade and privacy as well as rooting communities with their character and continuity. Throughout the seasons, trees add incomparable beauty to the landscape with their foliage, flowers, and forms. Once planted, trees become an essential part of the environment and a living legacy. Some additional benefits: • A large tree is the only garden investment you can make that will increase in size, value, and usefulness as long as you live—and then some. • The beauty of a property well-planted with trees raises its value as much as 15 percent. • Three strategically planted shade trees can reduce the need for air-conditioning in your home…

2 min.
meet the neighbors

BAT Benefits: As nature’s bug zappers, bats eat on the fly, consuming up to 1,000 insects (moths, beetles, mosquitoes) per hour. They eat larvae that destroy trees and greenery. Bats pollinate crops and other plants, play a key role in the ecosystems of deserts and tropics, and produce natural fertilizer (guano). How to help: Some of the 950 bat species are endangered. Install a bat house to encourage these imperiled neighbors to visit your yard. TOAD Benefits: One toad eats up to 10,000 insects, including mosquitoes and their larvae, in one season. You cannot get warts from touching a toad. How to help: Water attracts toads. They spend their youth as aquatic creatures—tadpoles—and return to water as adults to lay their eggs. In cold climates, mound twigs and leaves near the edge of a pond…

2 min.
host the most butterflies

Why are butterflies so important to a garden? Because flowers that don’t self-pollinate can reproduce only with the help of butterflies, bees, birds, and other helpers called pollinators. These helpers ensure next year’s blooms on yarrow, coreopsis, and other plants by going about their natural search for sustenance. Food is a key factor in creating a successful butterfly haven. To make your yard and garden a welcome spot on butterflies’ flight paths, provide a mix of plants that will attract butterflies to stop in for sips of nectar, keep them there long enough to lay eggs, and then sustain the caterpillars that emerge for the next generation of butterflies. 1 SET OUT WATER SOURCES. In nature, butterflies sip moisture from mud puddles. In the garden, chipped china saucers and platters placed here and…

1 min.
nothing but natives

Natives include the wildflowers flourishing along mountain streams, shrubs basking in the dappled light at the edge of a woodland, tall perennial flowers, and grasses deeply rooted in prairie soil. All of these and many more natives can adapt gracefully to similar conditions in a cultivated place. For some gardeners, native plantings are enticing because of the time-saving benefits. Once established, native plants thrive without pampering. Native plants grow just fine in untended areas, so they contribute to beautifulgardens without the hassle of frequent watering and fertilizing. Before you plant, understand the processes that take place in the native setting. Then choose plants or seed mixtures that suit the land, factoring in moisture levels, sunlight patterns, and the degree and direction of slope. Focus on adaptable plants before considering colors and aesthetics. A…

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plants for a butterfly garden

COMMON MILKWEED ASCLEPIAS SYRIACA Zebra Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies eat only milkweed. Grow the plant from seeds or seedlings. PARSLEY PETROSELINUM CRISPUM This flavorful herb hosts Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars and grows easily in full sun. PENTAS PENTAS LANCEOLATA The clusters of starry flowers bloom throughout summer, providing butterflies with a dependable source of nectar. PHLOX PHLOX PANICULATA This old-fashioned perennial bears white, pink, or purple flowers from summer into fall. DILL ANETHUM GRAVEOLENS The fragrant culinary herb grows easily from seeds and hosts Black Swallowtail larvae. BUTTERFLY BUSH BUDDLEJA DAVIDII Varieties of this woody shrub are hardy in Zones 5–9 and sustain the American Painted Lady and others. ZINNIA ZINNIA ELEGANS Sow seeds of this and other varieties in spring for summer-long blooms that offer nectar and pollen. SEDUM HYLOTELEPHIUM SPECTABILE This drought-resistant perennial blooms from late summer into fall, attracting pollinators of all kinds. LANTANA LANTANA CAMARA A perennial in warm climates, this…