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 beginning 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 Pugster Amethyst

Buddleia or Butterfly Bush ‘Pugster’ Series

This series of butterfly bush combines a dwarf, cold hardy plant with large fragrant flowers. Thick sturdy stems increase hardiness and reduce winter dieback. Choose from Pugster Amethyst (pictured), Pugster Blue and Pugster White. Use as a low hedge or in a patio pot. Just  2 ft. tall. A real butterfly magnet!

 Buddleia Miss Molly

Buddleia or Butterfly Bush ‘Miss Molly’ Series

“Good golly” you will say when you see the sangria-red blooms on this compact, 4-5 foot butterfly bush. Flower color intensifies with hot weather. Always a sell-out here at the nursery. Choose from Miss Molly (pictured), Miss Pearl or Miss Violet. 4-5 ft.

Coneflower Lakota Fire

Echinacea or Coneflower “Lakota Fire”

This seed strain shows a variety of beautiful shades from reddish-orange to pinkish-red. Its short stature makes it a great fit for the front of border, small spaces or even in pots. Blooms almost all summer. 12-16 inches.

 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 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 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.

Monarda Pardon my Cerise

Monarda Pardon My Cerise

This petite selection of bee balm forms a bushy, compact clump of aromatic deep green foliage. Mildew resistant. Dark cherry-pink 2-3 inch flowers. 14-18 inches.

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.
Phlox Flame coral Improved

Phlox Flame Series

This series of naturally dwarf, compact plants is perfectly suited for containers or the middle of the border. Garden phlox blooms late in the summer when color is needed and pollinators are still hungry. Choose from Flame Coral (pictured), Flame Pink, Flame Purple and Flame Red. 15-18 iches.

 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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