Creating a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden
By: Katie Goltz

There are many flowering plants that will attract hummingbirds to your garden. Most of these plants are tubular shaped and red. A successful hummingbird garden should provide nectar from May through the first frost. There is a great temptation to plant lots of bee balm or cardinal flower, which seem to be two of their favorite plants. But nectar would only be available for just a short time in the hummingbird's life. You should always select a variety of flowering plants with overlapping blooming periods, and mixes of perennials and annuals. Hummingbirds should feed about 3-5 times per hour and your hummingbirds may also become dependent on your flower garden for it's main food source, but there may be times when there are no blossoms and they cannot get nectar. It is a good idea to have hummingbird feeders hung about thirty feet in your garden. The hummingbird's favorite color for a feeder seems to be bright red. It attracts the birds from a distance. Never fill your feeders with anything but sugar-water mix of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Do not use food coloring of any kind, and you should never use honey. (Honey can develop a fungus which can be fatal to hummingbirds)
Remember to always keep your feeders clean and filled with food!

What is a hummingbird garden without the added beauty of butterflies? Plants that you might choose to attract and lure hummingbirds will also attract butterflies too. Butterflies don't need anything too over the top, fancy or expensive. Just provide a large, open, sun-filled area; some flowers, shelter; puddles; and rocks. Leaving part of your yard for native flowering plants and for weeds like dandelion, nettle, and milkweed should also help bring in a good amount of butterflies with many varieties. It's best to avoid using any peticides at all. Providing water adds another beauty into your yard to lure the hummingbirds and butterflies. Garden sprinklers draw in hummingbirds and mud puddles attract butterflies. Misters and drips are a more permanent and better solution than a garden sprinkler, they are easy to set up. Hummingbirds find misters irresistible!


Common Name

Aster, New England

Aster, "Alma Potsche"

Anise Hyssop

Bee Balm/Monarda

  • Bee Balm
  • Wild Bergamot


Butterfly Weed

Cardinal Flower

Columbine, Wild




Globe Amaranth

Goldenrod, Seaside





Lantana, Weeping

Mexican Sunflower


  • Butterfly Weed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Scarlet Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed " Ice Palace

Mistflower/Hardy Ageratum

Mountain Mint


Purple Coneflower

Sage, Pineapple

Sage, Scarlet




Botanical Name

Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae var. Alma P.

Agastache foeniculum


Monarda didyma

Monarda fistulosa

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Asclepias tuberosa

Lobelia cardinalis

Aquilegia canadensis

Heuchera spp.

Digitalis spp.

Fuchsia spp.

Gomphrena globosa

Solidago sempervirens

Heliotropium arborescens

Impatiens capensis

Eupatorium purpureum

Lantana camara

Lantana montevidensis

Tithonia rotundifolia


Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias syriaca

Asclepias currassavica

Asclepias incarnata


Eupatorium coelestinum

Pycnanthemum muticum

Pentas lanceolata

Euchinea purpurea

Salvia elegans

Salvia splendens

Sedum spectabile

Verbena bonariensis

Zinnia elegans


Common Name

Japanese Honeysuckle**

Trumpet Creeper or Vine

Trumpet Honeysuckle

Botanical Name

Lonicera japonica

Campsis radicans

Lonicera sempervirens


Common Name

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush, Fountain

Botanical Name

Buddleia davidii

Buddleia alternifolia


Common Name

Mimosa / Silk Tree

Pear (fruits of)

Botanical Name

Albizia julibrissin

Pyrus spp.