How to Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds in the Spring

Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

If you want to attract and keep hummingbirds by encouraging them to nest, a wide variety of tasty nectar flowers and insects is your best bet. When they have a complete diet nearby and fresh water, hummingbirds are much more likely to settle because they can be sure there will be enough resources to feed their babies. Catering to their love of red and purple flowers is a great way to make your garden beautiful and fill it with natural activity. Hummingbirds tend to like trumpet-shaped flowers with lots of nectar.

Flowers hummingbirds love include:

  • Bee Balm
  • Columbine
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Shrub Verbenas
  • Lobelia Cardinalis
  • Petunia
  • Lupine
  • Foxgloves
  • Sage
  • Larkspur
  • Hollyhocks

How to use a Hummingbird Feeder 

Hummingbird feeders are a wonderful way to draw extra activity to your yard. With feeders, hummingbirds will tend to gather where you can see them sip ‘free’ nectar from the special dispenser. These feeders are usually red, allowing the hummingbirds to identify it as a potential food source. According to the New Jersey Audubon, the best way to keep your hummingbird feeder is by cleaning it thoroughly, with soap, about once a week and replacing the solution to prevent fermenting. The sugar water needs to be one part sugar, four parts water, but exact measurements will depend on the size of your feeder.

You may have noticed that there were several overlaps in all three of the flower lists, and this is more often true than not. Butterflies and Hummingbirds both like red and purple flowers with rich nectar centers and will often be drawn to the same blooming garden. They also both like flowering shrubs, cool shady places to rest and hide, and a clean water source to drink from. It may help to think of your garden guests as wild pets for your outdoor workspace. However you choose to landscape your surrounding property, if you have followed these guidelines, then you should be ready to greet your beautiful flying friends as soon as the weather starts to warm up and the flowers begin to blossom.