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Attract Birds & Butterflies


Attracting Birds & Butterflies

Approximately 350 species of birds live in Georgia at some point in their life. Most Atlanta-area homes can attract about 20 different types of birds to their backyard.

3 Things needed to attract birds & butterflies

1. Food

  • Hummingbirds and butterflies prefer perennials and flowering shrubs for nectar/food.

Early Season Favorites

  • Dianthus
  • Verbena
  • Both are great options in the garden or container garden

Spring & Early Summer Favorites

  • Coneflowers
  • Yarrow
  • Annual Cosmos - also a great cut flower

Summer Favorites

  • Butterfly Bush
  • Marigolds
  • Lantana
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

Bird Feeders

  • It's important to supplement nature's natural food sources with a bird feeder. This attracts birds early in the season and will attract more birds because there's a constant food supply.

Different foods attract different birds

  • Nectar
  • Hummingbirds
  • Orioles

Thistle seed

  • Finches, Pine Siskin
  • Chickadee
  • Wren

Sunflower Meats

  • Songbirds


  • Woodpeckers
  • Bluebird
  • Thrasher
  • Mockingbird
  • Wren
  • Junco
  • Nuthatch

Hot Blends

  • Cajun spiced to deter squirrels


  • Bluebirds

2. Water

  • Birds need water year-round for drinking and bathing
  • Moving water will attract more birds Use dunk pellets to prevent mosquitoes in birdbaths
  • Refresh birdbaths weekly

3. Shelter

Plants for Food & Shelter
  • Evergreens
  • Trees
  • Berry bushes
  • Grasses
  • Vines
  • Perennials
  • Annuals
  • Hanging Baskets
Bird Houses
  • Bird houses can be used as an additional shelter in addition to plants Bird houses come in a variety of sizes and shapes for a variety of birds
  • Bird houses should be functional & decorative