The garden that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies is both attractive and a benefit to the environment. Often, this garden is designed as a “mini-garden” within one of the other styles. Although a “plant-driven” landscaped area, there are also elements such as water, rocks for sunning, and sheltered areas that enhance the hummingbird and butterfly experience. There are many plants that provide a food source and are useful for attracting these flying friends. Selecting the right plants allows you to enjoy your patio seating areas, benches, hammocks, and other outdoor furniture. Make sure the garden areas are open, yet protected from the wind, especially near the coast. Water is an important element to the garden. Designs include everything from a simple bird bath, to a rustic wall fountain, to a natural stream and waterfall system.
California Native Garden
Many Californians love their native gardens. Typically an informal look, this garden is not for everyone. There are times of the year when some plants go drought deciduous, and other times when heading back of plants is necessary. In other words, the Native Garden looks extremely natural and informal based on local climate and weather. The native garden will attract many birds and butterflies. Since the plant water consumption is the lowest of all the gardens, the use of water with bird baths, fountains, and small streams is justifiable.
Although similar to the California Native Garden, this drought-tolerant, water-conservative garden features plants from the Mediterranean regions of the world. Sustainable plants and sustainable hardscape elements are the focus of these gardens, including eco-friendly and green technologies such as rain water collections devices, permeable surfaces, and minimal, if any, lawn. The lawn must be designed for the recreational family areas (back yard), not the non-recreational areas like your front yard. The use of low-growing lawn substitutes is recommended. The native garden will attract many birds and butterflies. Bird baths and small fountains are appropriate, complemented by a dry-stream bed with native rocks and decorative gravel.