Discover what your garden is attracting in these simple steps

You don't have to have a green thumb to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful flower garden.  The colours, scents, and creatures they attract are all benefits.

Is your garden attracting the things you want?  Or pesky critters such as rabbits, moles, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, deer, even cats and dogs?

Some home owners are often befuddled when they find their beloved flower bed or vegetable garden destroyed by critters.  It can be discouraging.

According to local gardeners, there are certain things that will attract butterflies, and hummingbirds, and items you can plant to deter the others..

Plants that attract Hummingbirds to your garden:

  • Bee Balm
  • Coral bells
  • Honey suckle
  • Hostas
  • Petunia
  • Rose of Sharon

Plants that attract Butterflies:

  • Aster
  • Butterfly bush
  • Butterfly weed
  • Cone flower
  • Violet
  • Willow

Is your garden bee friendly?  For tips on how to help our bees, visit David Suzuki's website:

 

It is often hard to deter unwanted critters because they will eat anything!  For your vegetable garden you can try putting up chicken wire to keep them out, and/or spray with hot sauce.

The best way to rid of them is to rid your garden of what is actually attracting them.

Check to see if you have any of these plants?

Rabbits avoid calendulas, chrysanthemums, columbines, four o’clocks, foxglove, gladiolas, hollyhocks, impatiens, iris, larkspur, morning glories, nicotiana, snapdragons, sweet peas and verbena.

Deer avoid ageratum, begonias, chrysanthemums, columbines, coreopsis, cosmos, foxglove, iris, lavender, monarda, purple coneflower, rudbeckia, salvia, Shasta daisies, verbena, vinca, yarrow, zinnias.

Although no plant is guaranteed to deter an animal, here are a few of the more pungent ones that animals dislike:

  • Marigolds
  • Crocus
  • Allium
  • Daffodils
  • Narcissus

Find out the best dates to plant your Barrie Garden

Good luck with your gardening.  Enjoy the blooms and joy that comes with it.  If you need gardening advice, visit your local garden centre:  Bradford Greenhouses   Barrie Garden Centre

Barrie Garden Club

Do you have any gardening tips to share?  Feel free to comment or forward this blog to family, friends or social media.

Thanks for reading!

 

Sources:  Canadian Living, Almanac, Canadian Gardening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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