Butterfly garden/Humming birds

ljlj818(z5OH)May 29, 2005

I am trying to change my garden so I can attract butterflies and humming birds. I have planted butterfly bush and verbena for the butterflies so far. Any suggestions for other plants to add (besides milkweed), and also plants that humming birds would like? Thanks in advance!


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Padinka(z7 Central AL)

Here's a link for butterfly gardens. And here are some plants that hummers like.

Trees and Shrubs
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Cape Honeysuckle
Flame Acanthus
Flowering Quince
Red Buckeye
Tree Tobacco
Turk's Cap

Coral Honeysuckle
Cypress Vine
Morning Glory
Scarlet Runner Bean
Trumpet Creeper


Bee Balm (Monarda)
Cardinal Flower
Coral Bells
Four O'Clocks
Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
Little Cigar


Beard Tongue (and other penstemons)
Various Salvia species
Shrimp Plant

Here is a link that might be useful: Butterfies

    Bookmark   May 29, 2005 at 11:01PM
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WOW! Thanks so much Padinka! It is people like you that make GW such a great resource, and why I talk it up to all my friends and family. I certainly have a lot to choose from now! Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2005 at 11:35PM
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Autumn Sage, from morning to afternoo, humming birds keep coming.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2005 at 11:55PM
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Stellinate(5 OH)

Just having trumpet vine growing in my yard seems to make more hummingbirds appear. There are no flowers yet, but there is more activity at my feeders last year and already this year.

I added many red annuals this year to grab their attention hoping to attract even more frenzy.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2005 at 9:05AM
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I want to thank you for all of the wonderful advice and suggestions! I have been startled when watering (by butterflies~Verbana~ and two toads-that like my impatients). My butterfly bush is growing nicely from seed, I just need to plan ahead for next year to get the humming birds, as I like to grow most of my plants from seed. Thanks again all!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2005 at 12:39AM
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mrs_emily(8 Louisiana)

You've had some great advice on here already, but I just want to add one more thing. I've gardened a very long time and the one thing I've notice about both butterflies and hummingbirds is they like color. Zinnias are simple, easy to grow and last all season and butterflies in my yard flock to them. As far as hummingbirds, they also flock to my zinnias and then stop to drink at the flowers which accomodate their specially constructed beaks. Anything colorful they can dip their beaks into. Big, bright and colorful brings all the lovely critters into the yard.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2005 at 12:37AM
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