If you are planning a new garden with lots of flowering plant material, why not include plants that will attract one of nature’s smallest miracles; the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird or a beautiful butterfly?
Butterflies use the plants in your garden as a food source, to lay their eggs, food for the larvae and pupating.
Plant a variety of flowering plant material that Butterflies are attracted to for three of the four seasons.
Butterflies are attracted to the scents of certain garden plants rather than the flower colour and shape.
Some crossover plants that will bring both Butterflies and Hummingbirds are Lilac, Rose-of-Sharon, Butterflybush, Bee Balm, Lavender, Liatris, Cardinal Flower, and Annual Nicotiana.
In spring, Butterflies will visit gardens with Perennial Candytuft, Primula, Wall Cress, and Soapwort. Shrubs such as the Double Play Spirea and fragrant varieties of Viburnum can also be beneficial.
Summer offers Annual Heliotrope, Alyssum, Cosmos, Lantana, as well as Perennial Shasta Daisy, Helen’s Flower, Coneflower, Pincushion Flower, Tickseed, Black-eyed Susan, and Butterfly Weed. Shrubs like Summersweet, Caryopteris, and Potentilla are also favourite summer destinations.
For fall, butterflies will be encouraged to linger before their long migration with Chrysanthemums, Sedums, and Asters.
A hummingbird’s main source of food is nectar. They will be attracted to any coloured flower that holds nectar.
Their first choice is to fly to red, pink, orange, and purple flowers that have tubular, funnel, or bell-shaped blossoms.
Hummingbirds also consume aphids, spiders, and other small insects.