Naturally Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Property

When it comes to enjoying your outdoor workspaces, for employees that love to soak up nature when the sun comes out and the grass is warm there is nothing more rewarding than being visited by butterflies and hummingbirds. Their bright wings and gentle demeanors are a delight to watch as they flit from flower to flower, pollinating, and feeding on nectar. As flowers blossom in the spring time, the number of butterflies and hummingbirds you might see increases significantly, but of course these beautiful little eco-system contributors don’t come around just to say hello. The best way to watch them flutter and flit through your yard is by planting flowers they love to eat. For this, you need nectar and pollen rich flowers, and hummingbirds are notorious for preferring reds and purples. If you want to make your business landscaping truly appealing, try planting for these delightful pollinating guests.

Flowers to Attract Butterflies

There are two ways to go about attracting lovely pollinators to your yard. You can follow guidelines at the garden store and pick a local selection or choose seeds from a list of flower names. In most cases, either method will work as long as you understand what butterflies are after. According to the National Wildlife Federation, these delicate insects like warm colored flowers in shades of orange, red, yellow, pink and purple. They are particularly fond of flat-topped or clustered flowers with short tubes. For best results, plant your butterfly flowers in direct sunlight so they will be bright and warm. In order to nurture your butterflies, it’s suggested you also provide warm rocks for sunbathing, damp sand for puddling (butterfly drinking), and a few caterpillar-friendly plants to encourage more butterflies to grow.

Precise flower types that attract butterflies include:

•Alyssum

•Aster

•Bee Balm

•Daylily

•Delphinium

•Globe Thistle

•Goldenrod

•Hollyhock

•Lavender

•Verbena

•Zinnia

While plants good for caterpillars include:

•Fennel

•Hollyhock

•Lupine

•Milkweed

•Nettle/Thistle

•Willow