Sunday, February 21, 2010

Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

As spring approaches, I begin to daydream about bulbs popping up, trees in full bloom and more wildlife in my garden. I enjoy plantings that will attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. That is a true living and breathing garden that fills the senses and is inviting to all. Here is how you can get started in attracting these beautiful creatures.

Think nectar. Lots of it. Hummingbirds need to ingest half their weight in food each day. It's probably safe to say butterflies have a similarly rich diet. Much of this food comes by way of flowering plants. So, attracting more winged beauties means growing more flowers over as long a season as possible.
Typically, hummingbirds prefer anything red or orange. However, they also can frequent flowers of white, yellow, blue and purple. Listed below are a few plants that this beauties

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8
Butterfly Favorites in Central Oregon:
Asters, Catmint, Daylily, Delphinium, Echinacea,
Lavender, Caryopteris, Columbine, Shasta Daisies, and Spiraea.

Hummingbird Favorites in Central Oregon:
Lilac, Columbine, Crocosmia, Penstemon, Monarda, Lupine,
Honeysuckle Vine, Lily, Bleeding Heart, Snowberry, and Foxglove.

In addition to nectar, hummingbirds eat insects for protein. So, it is important to reduce or eliminate pesticide use in your yard. This will keep them safe from accidental contact with poisons as well.

Both butterflies and hummingbirds appreciate water breaks. Birdbaths, bowl shaped rocks, and other small sources encourage longer and more frequent visits.


  1. So thrilled you are going to blog about gardening and plants that work for Central Oregon! I'm always on the lookout for plants that will survive here and attract hummingbirds. Keep it coming!!

  2. I'm glad! It's new for me, but I am excited to be part of the blogger world. Spread the word!