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.
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, including The Rodale All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening and The Burpee Complete Gardener as well as several Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides. She resides in Alburtis, Pennsylvania.