Easy to grow plants that invite winged visitors to
By Karen England
Try adding some or all of the following plants to
your garden since these plants are easy to grow and
attract both Hummingbirds & Butterflies. Add a water
feature to your garden and the little visitors might
even linger. Remember to never use pesticides if you
are trying to host butterflies & hummingbirds because
they are definitely not compatible.
Buddleja davidii or “Butterfly Bush” - Full
sun. Semi-evergreen shrub that likes well drained
soil. The branch ends are adorned with small fragrant
flower clusters in the form of a spike that are
available in deep blue, purple, lilac, yellow and
Alcea rosea or “Hollyhock” - Full sun. Sow
seeds now (late summer) for bloom next season. Choose
reds and pinks for hummingbirds and all colors for
Digitalis purpurea or “Foxglove” - Full sun on
coast. Short lived perennial with a full range of
flower colors in 2 inch bell shaped blossoms on tall
stalks that rise from clumps of large green leaves.
Ceanothus varieties or “Wild Lilac” - Full sun.
Evergreen shrubs with flower colors in white, pale
blue, blue & dark blue. Most varieties are native to
California and when established are drought tolerant.
Cuphea varieties - Full sun or partial shade.
Perennial border plant with lots small tubular
Available in a wide range of colors.
Lavandula species or “Lavender” - Full sun.
Evergreen herb with fragrant purple blossoms prized by
crafters and cooks. Drought tolerant when
Rosmarinus officinalis or “Rosemary” - Full
sun. Much loved evergreen herb with blue flowers.
Savia varieties or “Sage” - Full sun. Wide
variety of colors and annual and perennial varieties
available. Try Salvia leucantha or “Mexican
Bush Sage” for non-edible landscape use and
Salvia clevelandii or “Cleveland Sage” for a
culinary sage with beautiful blue blossoms that is
native to our local Cleveland National Forest.
Penstemon or “Beard Tongue” - Full sun or
partial shade. Perennial with bell shaped flowers that
come in a full spectrum of colors.
For a lengthy list of plants that attract butterfly
larvae, butterflies and hummingbirds consult the
completely revised and updated
Garden Book ©2001, pages 116-121.
Karen England is the "Queen of Edgehill Herb