Bonus: These flowers are said to entice butterflies and hummingbirds, too.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
June 24, 2019
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Summer is upon us and many Southerners are more than a little excited about the beauty unfolding in their yards.

And many more Southerners are fed up with the unwanted pests that seem to be invading their gardens and backyards on the regular. This summer, take a stance and plant some purple coneflowers. Also known as echinacea purpurea, the attractive flower can be a real boon to ward off undesirable visitors.

As House Beautiful recently explained, this humble flower attracts goldfinch birds — thanks both to their bright color and their also being a food source for the birds. Once you've lured these birds to your garden, they can help on the maintenance front by eating pests ranging from fleas to beetles. 

"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," explains Elizabeth Gulino in the article, who points readers to this pack of seeds for $7.25 on Amazon here. "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."

P.S. If you're looking to attract more birds to your garden, don't do this.

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Now, we'll be right back, ladies, gents, and garden groupies. It's time to spruce up our summertime oasis with some purple blooms.

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