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Butterfly Bushes Aren’t Good for Butterflies

If you're trying to create a butterfly sanctuary in your garden, adding butterfly bushes seems like a no-brainer—but you might want to rethink those pretty purple flowers this year. Planting a butt…

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Gardening for Butterflies

Having a garden is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Tangible benefits can be gained from interacting directly with the natural world, including healing faster after an illness and improving kids’ cre…

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How to Create a Pollinator Oasis Right at Home

Did you know that about one-third of the world’s food crop production relies on pollination? Perhaps due to this connection, the plight of pollinators (bees in particular) has recently become highl…

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WARNING: Do NOT Plant This. Ever!

Japanese barberry. Whether or not you know its name, you've probably seen it before. After all, it's one of the most widely used ornamental plants in the U.S. If you have a yard, there's a good chance…

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Tips to Make Your Garden Irresistible to Butterflies

By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger Planting your garden with plants that attract butterflies is only one step in making your garden butterfly-friendly. Once butterflies discover your garden the females…

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Eco-Friendly, Native California Landscaping

I had a friend ask about re-landscaping her yard with native and drought-tolerant plants, and while I feel like I steered her in the right direction, I also felt like I didn't know as many options of…

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Make Your Yard a Certified Wildlife Habitat

I did a post last spring on native and drought tolerant plants for California landscaping, and then came across this little tidbit: The National Wildlife Federation has a program, "that helps members …

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