Birds and butterflies bring more than just beauty and enjoyment to the garden. Their lovely fluttering antics help your garden to flourish and increase fruit production on trees and tomatoes. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies all act as pollinators for many types of flowers. Inviting them to your garden means more food for both you and them! Other birds eat harmful insects and grubs, keeping your garden pest-free, organically. And you get the benefit of their beauty and grace in amongst your garden walls.
To attract hummingbirds and butterflies, we recommend planting flowers with bright colors (especially reds and oranges), tubular, trumpet-like shapes and plenty of nectar. Here are a few fun suggestions:
- Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)*: This lovely perennial has deep red flowers that bloom into autumn. Hummingbirds and butterflies love them!
- Honeysuckle (Lonicera) of all types: from vines to large shrubs. Many bloom in
shades of orange and red and produce a heavenly scent to attract the wildlife.
- Fuchsias (Fuchsia)*: are a favorite, blooming in vibrant pinks, purples, and magentas, and dripping with nectar for your winged friends.
- Bottlebrush (Callistemon) creates some visual interest in the garden. This small tree has bright red, puffy flowers that will get lots of attention.
- Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii): They don’t call it “Butterfly Bush” for nothing! Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to its conical-shaped blooms, and other birds eat the seeds after the flowers have finished blooming.
- Foxglove (Digitalis) is a rosy pink perennial that grows in tall, irresistible spikes that act as a magnet for beneficial creatures.
These plants are available at Evergreen Nursery. (*Cardinal Flowers and Fuchias will be available late April/early May). If you don’t see what you want, we are happy to try to order it for you. To get more ideas, come into the nursery and chat with our staff. We can make recommendations based on your light and soil conditions and your existing garden to attract birds and butterflies.