If you've tried everything to keep pests from your garden this summer—including pesticides, bug zappers, and anything else you can think of—maybe it's time to try a different approach: attracting their predators. Goldfinches are a great asset to any backyard garden, because they eat a ton of unwanted guests, like aphids, fleas, caterpillars, and an assortment of beetles.
Exactly how can you get these yellow and black birds to your yard, though? You can start by planting some of their favorite things—brightly colored flowers. The seedheads of these blooms attract goldfinches because it's one of their sources of food (including your unwanted insects) and will have them visiting your garden on the regular.
Where should I plant purple coneflowers?
To get the most blooms, you'll want to plant your purple coneflowers in a spot where they'll get at least five hours of sunlight a day. They can survive in a variety of soil types, so you won't have to be too specific with the area—wet and mucky soil are a no-go for the purple coneflowers, though.
How often should I water purple coneflowers?
These purple flowers are known as being drought-intolerant, but thrive with regular watering. You'll need to water them every day once you lay down the seeds, and then you can transition to watering them once or twice a week. Purple coneflowers don't grow as well in super humid areas or constantly moist soil.
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