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Plants For Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens
Here is a list of some annuals, perennials, herbs, vines, and shrubs I grow to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and song birds.
Lantana (annual or tender perennial depending on variety in Zone B)
Basil (annual edible herb)
Buddleia (also, “Butterfly Bush” perennial shrub)
Coneflowers (perennials flower which attracts butterflies. The seeds attract goldfinches)
Zinnias (Annual flower which attracts butterflies. The seeds attract goldfinches)
Lavender (perennial edible herb)
Rose of Sharon (flowering shrub)
Pineapple Sage (perennial edible herb whose red flowers attract hummingbirds)
Marigolds (annual flower)
Comfrey (perennial medicinal herb)
Roses (perennial shrub)
Mexican Blue Sage (perennial herb)
Fuchsias (tender perennial)
Oregano (perennial edible herb)
Mimosa (flowering tree)
Hibiscus (perennial or tender perennial shrub, depending on the variety)
Petunias (annual flower)
Butterfly Tree or Glory Tree Clerodendrum trichotomum
Heliotrope (annual herb)
Jasmine (perennial vine, evergreen)
Hollyhocks (biennials or perennials)
Parsley (biennial, food for caterpillars)
Honeysuckle (perennial vine)
Hyacinth Bean (annual vine)
Clary Sage (annual herb)
Cleome (annual flower)
Monarda (also called Bergamot or Bee Balm)
A good wildlife garden provides food, shelter, water, places to rest, and protection from pedators. A wooded setting provides this for butterflies, moths, birds, and the other small creatures attracted to such a nectar rich garden. Butterflies like to stop and rest on warmth holding stones, slates, masonry. They often gather on wet ground to drink from standing water. A ceramic dish filled with sand, gravel, and fresh water provides a place for them to safely rest drink in the garden.
Butterlies lay eggs on the upper surfaces of leaves such as Tulip Poplar, Sycamore, Willow, Elm, Paw Paw, Locust, Hawthorne, Apple, Aspen, Spice Bush, and Sassafrass. Caterpillars will eat these and many other leaves. They especially enjoy Parsley, Dill, Fennel, Thistle, Alfalfa, and Milkweed. Including some of these plants in or near the butterfly garden will ensure generations of butterflies for many seasons to come.