Butterflies and hummingbirds add color, movement and beauty to our gardens. It is a pleasure watch the variety of activities of the many species we can see in our gardens. A well rounded garden has plants for bot butterflies and hummingbirds.

Butterflies, and hummingbirds are nectar feeders, and are attracted to different flowers. Butterflies feed on purple, lavender, white, yellow and orange and some red flowers. Flowers that provide a perch and fragrance are especially attractive to butterflies. Hummingbirds are attracted to red, red-orange, orange and pink blossoms located on the exterior of the plant allowing them to hover while feeding.

• The more nectar flowers you have the more butterflies and hummingbirds will show up.
• Use a variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines. They will flower at different heights, times and locations ensuring there will be something attractive to the hummingbirds and butterflies.
• Consider mass plantings of flowers, larger blocks of color help attract.
• Native flowers generally have more nectar
• Container plants work well in limited space areas and allow you to bring the butterflies and hummingbirds in from the garden and closer to the house.
• Butterflies prefer flowers in the sun, with shelter from the wind.
• Hummingbirds mostly perch in trees and then venture out every 10-15minutes to feed, they also eat some small insects.
• In weather extremes, i.e. hot, cold, dry, or rainy flowers don’t produce as much nectar. Supplemental food can be provided with feeders and sugar water.

Flowers for Butterflies
• Alyssum
• Aster
• Chrysanthemum
• Dahlia
• Daylilly
• Dianthus
• Honeysuckle
• Impatients
• Lilac
• Lobelia
• Marigold
• Pansy
• Petunia
• Phlox
• Sunflower
• Candytuft
• Yarrow
• Zinnia

Flowers for Hummingbirds
• Begonia
• Columbine
• Coral Bells
• Delphinium
• Fuchsia
• Gladiolus
• Hollyhock
• Honeysuckle
• Impatiens
• Iris
• Lobelia
• Lupine
• Petunia
• Phlox
• Salvia
• Trumpet Vine
• Zinnia