April 9, 2010

Lists of plants to attract and feed bees, birds and butterflies

It's that time of year when we are thinking about feeding the wild creatures that pollinate our plants and give us so much enjoyment in gardening, the bees and butterflies and birds.  I've updated the resource lists on the nursery site, but for handy reference here are some links to sites listing plants which attract various beneficials and lovelies to the garden. Remember that all will need more than one kind of food, water, and cover or safety. Butterflies in particular, with their two stages of life, need support and food plants for the caterpillar stage, and then nectar plants for their adult forms. Honey bees and other bees also need nectar and pollen plants, and the various types of bees are adapted for different shape and color flowers, as are birds.
"How to" reference page on our home site:
http://www.rareplantnursery.net/how-to.html

For honey and other types of bees:
http://www.ebeehoney.com/Pollination1.html
http://www.beeeducation.com/BeeEducation/Beekeeping101_Nectar.cfm

by the season:
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Northern_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees#1
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Northern_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees#2
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Northern_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees#3
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Northern_nectar_sources_for_honey_bees#4
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Pollen_source
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Nectar_source

For birds, generally:
http://chestofbooks.com/gardening-horticulture/The-Complete-Garden/Plants-Used-For-Attracting-Birds.html
http://www.floridata.com/lists/bird_plants.cfm
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/birdplants.html ---very detailed! including notes on plants for songbirds, etc.
http://www.wildbirds.com/AttractBirds/PlantsthatAttractBirds/tabid/687/Default.aspx
For hummingbirds:
http://chestofbooks.com/gardening-horticulture/The-Complete-Garden/N-Perennials-for-Attracting-Humming-Birds.html

For butterflies:
http://www.floridata.com/lists/butterfly_plants.cfm
http://www.northerngardening.com/butterflyplants.htm
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/butterflies.htm

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