Plants That Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds.

Butterflies and hummingbirds bring more than simply aesthetic value to your garden or landscape; they also provide practical benefits.  Some of these uses include serving as a pollinator, warding off pests, and providing sustenance for other animals.

Use these stunning plants to entice butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden.

If you want to lure in winged creatures like butterflies and hummingbirds, you have several options. Some great options for plants to utilize include zinnias, coneflowers, and butterfly bushes. You could plant some red and orange flowers for them.

And if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing hummingbirds in their natural habitat, I highly recommend that you do so. Despite their little size, they are swift and aggressive creatures. And very protective of their food supplies. It’s a great place to go bird viewing.

Butterflies and Hummingbird-Attracting Plants


orange and white flower in close up photography

If you’ve spent any time perusing this site, you’ll be aware of my undying affection for Zinnias.  For a variety of reasons, they’re among my favorite blossoms. One major benefit is that they need little attention.

These younglings may be neglected without dimmering in any way. While it’s ideal if you’re not a lazy gardener, rest assured that these plants don’t need regular attention.

No matter where in the garden we plant Zinnias, they always come out beautifully. Annuals are plants that die down to the ground every year, but we have had success growing them from seed year after year. They can withstand the scorching Georgia summers without wilting or dying.

Instant color is as easy as picking up a seed package or visiting a garden center. Yes, there will be color. Butterfly landing pads can’t get more prettier than these colorful blooms.

The hummingbirds like them as well. Beautiful zinnias in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, pink, white, and red are ideal for drawing in winged creatures. Learn where in your yard Zinnias will thrive. A bumble bee perches on top of a purple Coneflower, which has a huge brown center.


a group of flowers

Hummingbirds may also be attracted to your garden by planting coneflowers. Because they are perennials, you only need to plant them once to have them bloom for many years.

One of the most frequent types of Echinacea that you may plant in your yard is the purple coneflower.  Out in the garden, a monarch butterfly feeds on pink flowers.


monarch butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime

One of the most important plants for monarch butterflies is milkweed. Caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly feed on its leaves. These plants may reach a height of 5–6 feet when grown from seed.

However, there are certain things to keep in mind while growing milkweed. Because these plants contain cardiac glycosides, they may be poisonous.

However. Because of its unpleasant taste, most animals will avoid grazing on milkweed, and unless you have children who will eat a lot of plants, you may feel safe growing it.

There is a flower garden outside with red and orange flowers next to a big tree.


pink and yellow flower in macro shot

Daylilies are hardy perennials that thrive in a wide range of garden settings. Although we have seen them in a variety of colors, the yellow ones are the most common in the South.

They attract hummingbirds and butterflies with their enormous, showy flowers, but each one only lasts a day. They can withstand dry conditions after they’ve settled in.

Furthermore, they may be found at any local garden Centre. Plant them in soil with good drainage, and you’ll get flowers year after year. And the birds and butterflies will appreciate it too!

Hostas and Buddleia

black and yellow bee on purple flower-plants

We think this is one of the simplest plants to cultivate. My one-foot-tall, one-foot-wide butterfly bush from last spring is now a full three feet tall and spread.

It thrived despite the sweltering heat of a Georgia summer and, okay, a little of neglect. It’s in a spot that our sprinklers can’t reach, but it seems to be doing OK there.

Adult butterflies rely on butterfly bushes for food, and this one is very popular. Butterflies continued to gather there long after we first planted it.

It has purple flowers and a unique, light green leaves. It’s important to verify local planting instructions to see whether any plants are banned from purchase due to invasiveness.


Peonies, often regarded as one of the most beautiful flowers, are really breathtaking, thanks to their enormous blossoms and seemingly endless layers of foliage. There is a broad range of peony colors available, but pink is a popular choice.

It’s not an instantaneous process as with some other plants, however.  Peonies typically take three years from planting to bloom, but the wait is well worth it.

They want to be in full sun and on soil that drains well. If you live in the South as I do, providing them with a cool place to rest during the middle of the day is a must. And once they’re established, these stunning vegetations may last for decades!

Outside, in a flower bed, you can see a number of purple flowers with scarlet centers.


Butterflies and hummingbirds will like any flowering plant, not just perennials. Adding colorful plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds doesn’t have to break the bank, and impatiens are a terrific, easy-to-grow option.

Bright orange, red, white, purple, light pink, and dark pink are just few of the colors represented.

Also, if you remember to water them, they thrive in containers. They flourish in bright sunlight and look best when planted in clusters.

No joke, they are among the simplest plants to cultivate.  Get a flat of these from your local garden Centre and scatter them throughout your yard in spots where they will get plenty of sunshine.

A dense flower bed outside is populated with pink and yellow blooms that have an orange Centre.


Lantana is another easy-to-grow plant that hummingbirds love. It may grow as tall as 5 or 6 feet and as broad as 8 feet, so be sure to give it some space.  It’s available in a wide variety of colors, but the most prevalent are combinations of red, pink, orange, and yellow, or blue and white.

A Lantana that we planted on the side of the house thrives despite receiving little care from us year after year. It’s alive and well year after year since it’s a perennial.

If you’re trying to establish a landscape from scratch as we did, we highly recommend Lantana. The plants need minimal maintenance and care while yielding a high animal population.

A dense flower bed filled with many light purple blossoms with dark purple centers.


There are many different kinds of phlox, and they come in almost every color you can imagine. You may expect these lovely plants to flower sometime between midsummer and late autumn.

These perennials will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. There are both low-growing kinds that form a carpet of flowers on the ground and towering types that may reach heights of two feet or more.

They flower so profusely that you may even use cuttings to decorate your home. However, phlox are not immune to deer, so it’s best to plant them in a somewhat shaded area behind a fence.



Butterfly and hummingbird attractions like Russian sage, bee balm, and sunflowers may continue to draw visitors even beyond summer’s end and even after the first frost.

For the benefit of migrating insects and birds, it’s best to keep flowers flowering as long as possible into the autumn. The hundreds of monarch butterflies and hummingbirds that go south for the winter still need reliable nectar supplies.

Some hummingbirds and monarch butterflies begin their migration south as early as late July, but you may still see many of them in your garden as late as November.


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