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Do you want butterflies and hummingbirds
to visit you?

Here are some suggestions to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard...

  • Locate your garden in a bright, sunny, area as both hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the warmth.
  • Plant in large splashes of color: purple, red, orange, and yellow - rather than single isolated plants.
  • Plan for continuous blooming in your garden for the entire growing season - spring into late fall.
  • Choose single flower types instead of double flowering varieties as their nectar is easier to access.
  • Include host plants - the food for caterpillars can lure female butterflies into the garden to lay eggs. Examples include: dill, fennel, milkweed (asclepias) and parsley.
  • Place large flat stones in your garden so butterflies can bask in the sun, allowing them to be more active.
  • Keep a small soil area moist because some butterflies drink the mineral rich water.
  • Install a hummingbird feeder. Then, you can buy commercial "nectar" mix, or make it yourself by boiling together: 4 parts water to 1 part refined sugar.
    Note: Make sure to keep you feeder clean as funguses on a feeder can be fatal to hummingbirds.
  • DO NOT USE PESTICIDES IN YOUR GARDEN! They can be fatal to the creatures you are intending to attract.


Plant choices to attract butterflies and hummingbirds:


  • ageratum
  • asters
  • bronze fennel
  • cleome
  • cosmos
  • dill
  • four o'clocks
  • fuchsia
  • globe amaranth
  • heliotrope
  • impatiens
  • lantana
  • lavender
  • nasturium
  • nicotiana
  • parsley
  • pentas
  • petunias
  • pot marigold
  • salvia
  • snapdragons
  • verbena
  • zinnia


  • Alcea/Hollyhock
  • Aquilegia/Columbine
  • Asclepias/Butterfly & Milk Weed
  • Aster
  • Baptisia
  • Campanula/Canterbury Bells
  • Chelone/Turtlehead
  • Coreopsis
  • Dianthus barbatus/Sweet William
  • Dicentra/Bleeding Hearts
  • Echinacea/coneflower
  • Echinops/Globe Thistle
  • Eupatorium maculatum/Joe-Pye Weed
  • Gaillardia/Blanket Flower
  • Geranium
  • Helenium
  • Hemerocallis/Daylily
  • Heuchera/Coralbells
  • Liatris/Blazing Star
  • Lilium/Lily
  • Lobelia cardinalis/Cardinal Flower
  • Lupinus perennis/Lupine
  • Mentha/Mint
  • Monarda/Bee Balm
  • Penstemon
  • Phlox
  • Rudbeckia/Black-Eyed Susan
  • Salvia
  • Solidago/Goldenrod
  • Sedum
  • Veronica/Speedwell


  • Azalea
  • Buddleia
  • Clethera
  • Hibiscus (hardy)
  • Honeysuckle
  • Lilac
  • Mockorange
  • Pussywillow
  • Snowberry
  • Weigela

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web page updated: 02.26.14