Take a colorful adventure as your garden becomes a lively stage for nature’s airborne dance. In this guide, we share 15 flowers that go beyond beautifying your landscape – they work like magic, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Let the enchanting symphony of nature play out in your backyard, creating a haven for pollinators that will surely make your heart flutter with every captivating movement and graceful twirl.
Aster’s late summer blooms in white, pink, purple, and blue, laden with nectar, make it irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies. These pollinators are drawn to the Aster’s vibrant hues and rich nectar source, thriving in USDA zones 3-8. Planted in full sun with well-draining soil, Aster creates a haven for aerial performers in your garden.
Bee Balm’s tubular flowers, ranging from white to red, serve as a buffet for hummingbirds and butterflies. July witnesses a vibrant floral display, inviting diverse pollinators to indulge. Flourishing in USDA zones 3-9, Bee Balm’s preference for full sun and adaptable nature to part shade in warmer climates makes it a versatile attraction for your garden’s winged visitors.
True to its name, the Butterfly Bush, thriving in zones 5-9, produces a spectrum of colors that captivate butterflies and hummingbirds. Its nectar-rich blossoms and a love for full sun and well-draining soil create an irresistible draw for these delightful visitors.
The bell-shaped blossoms of Coral Bells, thriving in zones 4-9, entice hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. Flourishing in part shade, these perennial wonders appreciate nutrient-rich, well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Coral Bells add a touch of elegance, attracting and sustaining the enchanting dance of pollinators.
Cosmos, flourishing in USDA zones 2-11, unfurls cup-shaped flowers in various colors, creating a hummer magnet. Planted in full sun with well-drained soil, Cosmos welcomes butterflies and hummingbirds to a delightful feast, making it an essential component of a vibrant pollinator garden.
With its blue, white, pink, lavender, red, or yellow blooms, Delphinium becomes a beacon for hummingbirds and butterflies. This perennial, thriving in zones 3-7, flourishes in fertile, well-drained soils. Its preference for sunlight and the need for 6-8 hours of daily sun make it a captivating addition to pollinator gardens.
Foxglove’s tubular flowers, in various colors, enchant hummingbirds and butterflies in early summer. Thriving in zones 4-9, Foxglove’s adaptability to full sun and partial shade, coupled with well-draining and moist soil preferences, makes it a versatile attraction for these delightful visitors.
Honeysuckle’s dark pink and golden blossoms, thriving in zones 5-9, create a sweet nectar haven for hummingbirds and butterflies. Requiring 6-8 hours of daily light, Honeysuckle flourishes in well-draining soil rich in organic matter, becoming a charming feature in any pollinator garden.
With its tall spears of white, pink, purple, and blue blooms, Hyssop serves as a herbaceous delight for pollinators and pest control. Flourishing in full sun in USDA zones 4-9, its fertile, well-draining soil preference makes it a sought-after stop for hummingbirds and butterflies.
Lupine’s blue, red, yellow, or white blossoms, thriving in zones 4-8, captivate hummingbirds and butterflies. Planted in full sun with well-draining substrate, Lupine becomes a vibrant contributor to the pollinator-friendly landscape.
Milkweed, also known as butterfly weed, is a monarch butterfly haven, hosting their eggs and providing a nectar-rich feast. Flowering from June to August, this perennial in zones 4-9 prefers full sun conditions and various soil pH levels. However, its potential invasiveness requires strategic planting or dedicated garden beds to control its growth.
Petunia cultivars, spanning shades from white to black, extend a floral invitation to hummingbirds and butterflies. Thriving as perennials in USDA zones 9-11, they bask in at least 5-6 hours of daily light. Planted in well-draining, moderately fertile soil, Petunias offer a continuous bloom, ensuring a constant attraction for pollinators.
Phlox’s blossoms in white, pink, rose, purple, red, orange, or bi-colored hues charm hummingbirds and butterflies. These low-maintenance perennials for USDA zones 4-8 prefer well-draining soil enriched with compost and peat moss. Whether in mid-summer or August, Phlox becomes a reliable draw for pollinators.
Salvia, a hummingbird magnet, produces blossoms in various colors, creating an irresistible buffet. Thriving in USDA zones 3-8, Salvia prefers rocky, well-draining soils with good light. Adequate watering ensures a flourishing Salvia, providing a continuous spectacle for hummingbirds and butterflies.
With its shallow roots, Zinnia offers a colorful display from mid-summer until frost, captivating hummingbirds and butterflies. As annuals for zones 3-10, they prefer full sun and fertile, well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. With their vibrant hues, Zinnias add a dynamic touch to any pollinator-friendly garden, ensuring a constant source of attraction.
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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa’s work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.