How to Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden

Posted on July 12, 2016

You might have planted your gardens this year and loved the way they turned out, but are looking for something a little extra. New Englanders often will plant different kinds of flowers to encourage wildlife, and Cataldo Landscape loves how vibrant butterflies and hummingbirds make our landscaping projects in Needham during the summer. If you’re already planning ahead for next year, we have a few suggestions to help encourage their visits!

To begin, butterflies are searching for nectar in sunny spaces that can also offer shelter from the elements and water. Finding nectar-rich flowers that love constant sunlight should be pretty easy with this list!

  • LilacGarden Design Boston
  • Milkweed
  • Pansy
  • Catmint
  • Sage
  • Lavender
  • Snapdragon

Hummingbirds are often looking for colorful flowers that are also tubular for their exceptionally long bill. They are also seeking areas with shade and shelter while they feed, and often attracted to red plants.

  • Bee balm
  • Catmint
  • Daylily
  • Butterfly bush
  • Clove pink
  • Coral bell
  • Petunia

Luckily, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy many of the same flowers! So, if you’re hoping to create a true butterfly and hummingbird garden, you will find that your shopping list will overlap. Before you know it, your yard will have many new visitors you will love to observe.

Finding the right combination of plants can be hard when you are new to designing a garden, and that’s where Cataldo comes in. As go-to landscapers near Boston, we can help bring together those plants that butterflies and hummingbirds love mixed with some other complimentary flowers. With more questions, call us today at (781) 304-8900.