Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds - Pasquesi Home and Gardens
Choose the perennials that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Any size garden can attract and support butterflies and hummingbirds with a consistent supply of the nectar-rich blossoms that  they love. If you choose from the list below, you’ll be able to enjoy the movement and colors of the butterflies and hummingbirds from spring to autumn… and increase their populations for generations to come.


Butterflies love color as much as they love sweetness. They are partial to purple, but also are attracted to red, yellow, orange, and pink colors. Flat flowers such as coneflowers offer a landing pad for butterflies where they can rest and sip nectar. They also look for tiny flowers with short, flower tubes that are clustered together for maximum nectar sipping, such as panicles on a butterfly bush. If you have a large space, it’s best to plant a variety of flower shapes to attract all sizes of butterflies.


Although hummingbirds have no sense of smell, their eyesight is excellent. Hummers are primarily attracted to bright “hot” colors like red, pink, orange, and purple. Tubular flowers are perfect for their long, thin beaks and tongues that reach for the sweet nectar. For best results, plant flowers in groupings and color blocks.


And most importantly, if you are interested in maximizing a pollinator garden, it’s best to limit or avoid any chemical use, (both synthetic and organic) in the garden, especially insecticides. These harsh chemicals make beneficial insects weak or nonexistent. Instead of chemicals, add layers of compost and mulch to build healthy soil. Healthy soil creates healthy, robust plants that can support pollinators.


PERENNIALS: For butterflies

Aster (Asteraceae)

Bee Balm, Bergamot (Monarda)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Blazing Star, Gayfeather (Liatris)

Butterfly bush (Buddleia)

Coneflowers (Echinacea) 

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Delphinium (Delphinium)

Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Globe Thistle (Echinops)

Goldenrod (Solidago)

Hyssop (Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’)

Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium purpurea)

Lavender (Lavendula)

Milkweed (Asclepias)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare & Origanum majorana)

Pinks (Dianthus)

Pincushion flower (Scabiosa)

Sedum/Stonecrop (Crassulaceae)

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

Yarrow (Achillea)


All About…

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Pink or purple coneflowers are quite a treat for butterflies–especially Black Swallowtails. These daisy-like perennials bloom from mid-June to September. In autumn, the seeds from the center cones attracts small birds such as finches.


Hyssop or Hummingbird Mint ‘Blue Fortune’ (Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’)

Wands of powder blue flowers attract Monarch butterflies in droves… blooming from July to October in full sun. They don’t mind the heat!


Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

This tender perennial shrub blooms profusely in mid-summer. The butterflies love the long panicles of purples, pinks, magentas & white flowers. The honey-scented fragrance and rich nectar tempt Tiger Swallowtails butterflies and moths.  Hummingbirds prefer the red-violet colors.


Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium purpurea)

Joe-pye weed thrives in semi-shaded woodlands, forest edges, as well as in full sun. The large pink florets bloom from August -September and are a nectar source for Monarchs, Swallowtails and other butterflies. Matures from 4-6 ft. tall. Deer resistant.


Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

The yellow-gold flowers bloom abundantly in the garden as well as when planted in containers. Although not a real perennial, it’s instead a biennial that blooms prolifically from July through September during the first year and will self sow after that. Swallowtail butterflies love this perennial, as do most butterflies. Deer resistant.


Bee balm, Monarda, Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Bee balm is a prairie native that blooms with fragrant, lavender flowers. It is in the mint family and thrives in all but the wettest soil. Blooms July-September attracting Swallowtail butterflies and hummingbirds. It’s also a host plant for the Hermit Sphinx moth. Deer resistant.


MILKWEED: For Monarchs

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

This prolific bloomer adds a pop of bright orange to the garden from June through August. It’s also a host plant for the Monarch larvae. This mounding plant matures from 2-3 ft. tall. Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolous heterolepsis) makes a nice companion grass for Butterfly Weed.


Fragrant Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Fragrant and prolific, this milkweed blooms with lavender-pink flowers from June-August. It matures from 2-4 ft. tall and pairs well with the native perennial grass, Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium.


Rose or Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

This rose-pink flowering milkweed grows from 3-5 ft. tall. Plant in the back of a container or flower bed. Blooms from June-August. Since it likes moisture, it would make a good plant choice for a rain garden or placed where it will be well-watered.


PERENNIALS: For hummingbirds

Agastache (Agastache)

Beardtongue (Penstemon)

Bee balm (Monarda)

Blazing Star, Gayfeather (Liatris)

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Columbine (Aquilegia)

Coneflower (Echinacea)

Coral Bells (Huechera)

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Delphinium (Delphinium)

Foxglove (Digitalis)

Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Iris (Iris)

Lupine (Perennial & Russell)

Catmint (Nepeta)

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Salvia (Salvia)

Pincushion flower (Scabiosa)

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)

Turtlehead, Pink (Chelone lyonii)

Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)


All About…

Beardtongue (Penstemon)

Beardtongue perennials feature lance-shaped foliage and spikes of tubular flowers in pink, purple and white. They typically bloom in early summer, filling the gap between spring-blooming bulbs and summer flowers such as coneflowers, yarrow, and coreopsis. Matures from 1 -6 ft. tall. Thrives in humid conditions.


Blazing Star, Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)

This upright perennial is native to eastern North America. Tiny purple blossoms are arranged along a flower spike that flowers from top down. The grass-like leaves are narrow, forming a clump at the base of the plant. Matures from 2-5 ft. tall. Blooms from summer to early fall in full sun.


Coral Bells (Huechera)

Coral Bells are native to North America and are loved mostly for their scalloped and colorful foliage. However, hummingbirds search out the small, bell-shaped flowers that are rich in nectar. Blooms in early spring/early summer.


Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Tall garden phlox is a low maintenance plant that adds color to the mid-summer garden. The fragrant flowers bloom in a wide range of colors on on top of 3-4 ft. tall stems. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Choose mildew-resistant varieties for lower maintenance. 


Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii)

Turtleheads are wildflowers from North America. The Pink Turtlehead is a variety with long stems and an open, bushy appearance. Its flowers range from light pink to deep rose to red. Even though most Turtleheads prefer consistently moist soil, this variety is more tolerant of dry conditions. Blooms in late summer. Matures from 2-3 ft. tall.












1. Healing nutrients that will fortify boxwood.

2. Helps to keep boxwood in optimum health and able to resist disease.

3. Provides rich nutrients for peak growth performance and strong root growth. 

Use the two products, ‘Restore & Protect’ and ‘Turbo Grow’ together to make sure your boxwood remains hardy and are beautiful additions to your landscape.


FAQ: TOPBUXUS Restore & Protect

It’s a leaf fertilizer spray (8-0-10). One water-soluble nutrient tablet covers 100 sq. ft. of boxwood.

Coverage area:

Minimum product rate is 1 tablet to 1 quart of water, covering 100 sq. ft. of boxwood (approx. 3 boxwood plants (3 ft. x 3 ft./ round). The tablet can’t be split to mix a smaller amount of fertilizer solution.

When to apply:

Monthly, during the growing season. 

How to apply:

For best results, apply when temperatures range between low 60s to 80 degrees. Spray boxwood in the morning, if the days are warm. If you spray the leaves when the temps are above 85 degrees, the leaves might burn. Spray the fertilizer solution on mostly dry boxwood leaves. Use enough spray so that the plant is wet, but not dripping. Allow up to 3 hours of drying time. Can be sprayed after pruning.

Is ‘Restore & Protect’ okay to use with other products?

You can use it with TOPBUXUS ‘Turbo Grow’. Together, they provide a complete nutrient system that your boxwood will crave. You can also apply it in conjunction with pest control products.


Keep unopened tablets in the same container in a dry environment and out of direct sunlight. Once the tablet has been mixed with water, the fertilizer solution can keep for up to 3 weeks. Before use, stir or shake fertilizer solution.

Disposal? Dispose contents and container according to local and national regulations.


Gloves and protective eyewear are recommended.



FAQ: TOPBUXUS ‘Turbo Grow’

This control-release fertilizer (13-3-13). promotes a healthy root system, growth, and lush green leaves.


Coverage area:

Use 1 lb. (almost 2 cups) of fertilizer to cover 100 sq. ft.

When to apply:

‘Turbo Grow’ is an all-season fertilizer, but boxwood benefits most from application in spring to promote green growth or in late fall to promote root growth over the winter. Apply fertilizer 3 times during the mid-months of April, June, and August. Apply when the temperature is above 59 degrees. 

How to apply:

For best results, apply when temperatures range between low 60s to 80s. Spray in the morning if the days are warm. Do not spray the leaves if temperatures rise above 85, as the leaves might burn. Spray the fertilizer solution on dry, boxwood leaves. Use enough spray so that the plant is wet, but not dripping. Allow up to 3 hours drying time. Can also be sprayed after pruning.

Can you use it with other products?

Use in conjunction with TOPBUXUS ‘Restore & Protect’. When used together, they will provide a complete nutrient system.


Keep the fertilizer in its original container with the lid tightly closed. Store in a dry environment and out of direct sunlight. It will last a minimum of 3 years.


Dispose contents and container according to local and national regulations.


Use gloves and protective eyewear when gardening.



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