Butters & Hummers

Butters & Hummers

Most of the plants featured here are nectar plants, or those that provide sweet, energy- rich nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. It’s important to also plant host plants on which butterflies lay their eggs which turn into caterpillars which turn into butterflies. For more information on Butterfly Gardening, including host plants, go here.  

Agastache Rosie-Posie Agastache ‘Rosie Posie’
Dense, compact rounded clump of aromatic foliage topped with loads of hot pink flowers. Blooms for many months starting midsummer. 18-22 inches. Deer resistant and a hummingbird magnet.
Agastache Peachie-Keen Agastache ‘Peachie Keen’
Dense, compact rounded clump of aromatic foliage topped with apricot peach flowers. Blooms for many months beginning midsummer. 20-24 inches. Deer resistant and a hummingbird magnet.
 Butterfly Weed Asclepias or Butterfly Weed
Butterfly weed is a must for any serious butterfly gardener. It is the sole source of food for the caterpillar larvae that becomes the monarch butterfly. This hardy native plant comes up late in the spring but provides two months of tangerine orange flowers begining mid summer. 2 feet.
Aster-Purple Dome Aster ‘Wood’s Purple’
Forms a solid, rounded mound of royal purple flowers late in the season. An American native wildflower. Important late season source of nectar and pollen for birds and bees.Terrific accent to fall-blooming grasses. 14-16 inches.
Buddleia or Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold ‘Purple Haze’
This dwarf butterfly bush has dark purple-blue nonstop flowers that don’t require dead-heading or pruning. Use as a low hedge or in a patio pot. Just  2-3 ft. tall. A real butterfly magnet!
 Buddleia Miss Molly Buddleia or Butterfly Bush ‘Miss Molly’
“Good golly” you will say when you see the sangria-red blooms on this compact, 4-5 foot butterfly bush. Color intensifies with hot weather. Always a sell-out here at the nursery.
 Eupatorium Chocolate Eupatorium or Joe Pye Weed ‘Chocolate’
Striking maroon foliage contrasts beautifully with the showy white flowers that butterflies cannot resist. A late season An excellent source of late season garden color and food for pollinators.  3 ft. Deer resistant.
 Liatris Blazing Star Liatris
Liatris or blazing star is our most popular cut and dried flower. But it is also a ‘tooth and nails’ native that sports violet-purple flowers and attracts butterflies. 14 inches tall. Sun and good drainage are a must.
 Lobelia Vulcan-Red Lobelia
Lobelia or the cardinal flower sports bright red tubular flower stalks that hummingbirds can’t resist. Flowers bloom mid through late summer. Cardinal flower prefers sunny or lightly shaded sites and consistently moist soil.
Purrsian Blue Nepeta Nepeta or Catmint ‘Junior Walker’
Compact, dense mound of heat- loving foliage is topped with loads of bluish-purple blooms all summer long. Easy to grow, drought tolerant, deer resistant. A real winner! 15-18 inches.
Penstemon Blackbeard Penstemon or Beardtongue ‘Blackbeard’
Dark eggplant purple foliage with lilac purple tubular flowers that hummingbirds love. Stays upright all summer, no flopping.  A native cultivar so tough and easy to grow. 28-34 inches.
 Sedum Autumn Fire Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’
A popular easy-to-grow and drought tolerant late blooming perennial. Flowers are deep rose when young then age to a beautiful bronze. Seed heads remain attractive all winter. A butterfly magnet. 24-30 inches.
 Verbena Lolipop Verbena ‘Lollipop’
An airy butterfly magnet. Small clusters of lavender flowers bloom all summer right up to fall. This is a great filler-in type plant. Easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant. 24 inches. Borderline hardy here but worth the gamble.

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