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Flowers to attract hummingbirds or butterflies?

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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I have this little patch in the back corner of our concrete yard outside of our rental house. I'd like to put something pretty there, maybe something to attract butterflies and hummingbirds?. It is probably a 3.5 x 3.5' square with a wall on two sides, there's an old tree stump in the middle and it gets probably 75% shade during the day, there is also a big leaf ivy growing on one of the walls from the neighbors garden.

We're in Los Angeles so whatever they are would probably be best in part shade and summer heat. I'd like to have something pretty and easy growing there. I especially love those tube like flowers that hummingbirds love but I don't know if those would work. Any thoughts on what i should try in that spot? 

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by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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opinionatedmom
by Garden co-owner on Mar. 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM
http://www.michiganbulb.com/category/s?keyword=butterfly+humingbird this will give you an idea to start with. go to any gardening store on line and type hummingbird butterfly and it will pull up things like this.




 

duets
by asst. gardener on Mar. 9, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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Hummingbirds like tubular flowers such as tulips, as it accommodates their beak & makes for easier access.  Butterflies like the flatter flowers such as petunias, daisies etc, as they don't have to work so hard to get to them & need to land on flower.. before doing their thing.  Both hummingbirds & butterflies prefer specific colored flowers, Usually, red, yellow, orange & purple are their favorite colors of choice. Remember, they enjoy a cool drink of water too, so make sure some water is close by!

VeganEcoMama
by on Mar. 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Thanks ladies! i can't wait to start looking! 

JacksMom1221
by Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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I'm pretty new, but I do k.ow there is a butterfly bush that attracts butterflies. It can grow really tall so if you're planning on putting something against your house or a fence it would look really nice and bring lots of butterflies :-)
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by on Apr. 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Since you are in a rental you might want to try some annual vines, morning glory or cardinal flowers grow real quick!

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