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We offer a variety of plants that attract hummingbirds to your property. Ask our staff if you have questions.

Want to attract or turn away wildlife?

Attract hummingbirds and butterflies; detract deer with these plants.

There are no plants that are truly "deer resistant," but carefully selecting your plants will help deter roaming whitetail from sampling as they meander across your property.   If you want to attract butterflies or hummingbirds, there is a variety of plants that can increase their presence.

 Check out the list of plants on the attached PDF, which you may download and print for future reference.

Deterring Deer

Plants that deer will generally avoid include:

- Plants with a strong smell, such as those in the marigold, mint and geranium families
- A
ny plant in the daffodil family
- T
oxic plants such as foxglove and nightshade
- P
lants with fuzzy, prickly or sharp leaves
- M
ost ornamental grasses and ferns.

There is, however, no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden. Whitetail's taste often varies by region, and when food supplies are scarce, they have been known to sample just about anything.

Commercial repellents and deer-proof fencing are also methods to consider.

Attracting  Hummingbirds

Color is an important factor to a hummingbird in its search for flowers containing nectar. Plants that have blossoms that are red to orange in color are known to be quite popular with our tiny feathered friends. They will, however, also take advantage of blossoms of any color which contain sufficient nectar.

The list below includes plants that are generally known to te attractive to hummingbirds: 
 
 
Agastache     -     Alcea     -     Aquilegia "Columbine"     -     Asclepias     -     Buddleia     -     Calibrachoa     
Campanula "Bell Flower"     -     Canna     -     Clematis     -     Coleus     -     Cuphea     -      Delphinium 
Dicentra     -     Digitalis "Foxglove"     -     Fuchsia     -     Heliotrope      -     Heuchera "Alumroot"
Heucherella     -     Hibiscus     -     Hosta     -     Kniphofia     -     Lantana     -     Lobelia     -     Monarda 
Mints      -     Nepeta     -     Penstemon "Beard Tongue"     -     Petunia      -     Physostegia     -     Polygonatum 
Salvia     -     Sedum     -    Supertunia® petunias     -     Torenia     -     Verbascum

Bring on the Butterflies!

Butterfly gardens are best planted where they are in the sun from five to six hours a day, but sheltered from the wind. Butterflies need the sun to warm themselves, but they won't want to feed in an area where they are constantly fighting the wind to stay on the plants. A few flat stones placed throughout your garden will provide spots where your winged visitors can take a break.

A mud puddle, damp in a sunny location in or near your butterfly garden, or a bucket filled with sand and enough water to make the sand moist, will provide the water butterflies need.

Flowering Plants:
Broadway Lights Leucanthemum     -     Garnet Brocade Sedum     -     Phlox     -     Luscious Lantana
Sapphire Aster     -     Verbena      -     Petunia     -     lberis
 
Flowering Shrubs:
Buddleia     -     Hibiscus "Rose of Sharon"     -     Hydrangea     -     Caryopteris

 

Thanks to our partners at www.ProvenWinners.com for their assistance with the above information.

 Full Features Nursery & Landscape Center - proudly serving the commercial and residential landscaping, lawn and garden needs of Kansas City, Smithville, Platte City, Kearney and the surrounding Northland areas since 2003.


 

 

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Butterfly, Hummingbirds, Deer?

These plants are helpful in attracting butterflies or hummingbirds to your property. Check the list of deer-resistant plants to deter whitetail from sampling your lawn.