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Question: The perennials should be stepped down so as they die off it still looks good. Want to attract hummingbirds but no butterfiles.

Answer: If you have masses of colorful flowers, you'll attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. However, butterflies typically prefer ray or disk flowers because they are easier to land on. So, keep these platform type flowers out of your garden and you won't attract nearly as many butterflies. If hummingbirds live in your area, you can attract them by planting red, tubular flowers. There are many red-flowered annuals, perennials, vines, and shrubs to choose from and here is a list of some of the plants that most successfully attract hummingbirds: Trumpet honeysuckle Trumpet-creeper Cardinal-flower Scarlet penstemon Scarlet morning-glory Cypress vine Scarlet paintbrush Scarlet salvia Bee-balm Fire pink Scarlet petunia Red buckeye Geiger tree Scarletbush Coral bells As a supplementary source of food, hummingbird feeders can be hung in your garden. Many types of feeders are available and all should be filled with a boiled solution of four parts water to one part white refined sugar or a commercial "nectar" mix. Sugar water feeders should be cleaned every three to five days using a brush and a mild detergent solution, and rinsing well before refilling with sugar water.

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