While the rest of the country might be thinking about fall, here in California we’ve got plenty of time to enjoy warm weather, flourishing gardens, and all the benefits that come with it – like the beauty and fun of a garden filled with hummingbirds and butterflies. We’ve put together some ideas and listed plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and that grow well in our part of the country.
For instance, a great plant to start with is Lavender. A lot of people add lavender to their landscaping because it is hardy, drought tolerant, and smells amazing. But did you know that it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds? Just one more reason to scatter some lavender plants around your property.
Next is Rosemary. It’s just as prolific here in the San Joaquin Valley and blossoms practically year-round, providing a good food course. Sage is another one that seems to attract larger butterflies, especially throughout the summer.
Blue and purple Verbena are excellent for attracting small butterflies, as are Zinnias and the ever-popular Lantana. Lantana is great for adding vibrant color to your landscaping, it blooms year-round, and attracts great numbers of late-summer butterflies.
Summer-blooming Butterfly Bush is a large shrub that can grow well in this area and has long, scented blossoms attractive to both hummingbirds and butterflies.
When it comes to plants that attract hummingbirds, you’re not limited to using only red flowers to attract them. Anything rich in nectar will draw them in, including Coneflowers, Mexican Sage, Hot Lips, Black-eyed Susans, and Sunflowers.
You can also prolong the stay of hummingbirds and butterflies in your garden by providing more than just the flowers and bushes they love. Shallow birdbaths, for instance, offer a water source both will take advantage of. And healthy trees such as oaks or conifers offer a sheltered place to rest, build nests, and stick around for a while, letting you and your new garden guests enjoy each other’s company for a very long time.