I want to plant a garden that will attract
hummingbirds and butterflies. What types of plants
would you suggest?
—Randy Robertson, Rome, GA
Hummingbirds go wild for red flowers, including
salvia, bee balm, hibiscus, and zinnia. They also love
lantana, butterfly bush, and trumpet creeper vine.
Butterflies like a lot of the same plants, plus verbena,
liatris, Joe Pye weed, native honeysuckle, coreopsis,
and phlox. And remember to plant “host plants”—
Queen Anne’s lace, milkweed, canna lilies (red),
spicebush, parsley, dill, and fennel—on which
butterflies will lay their eggs. Also, never spray these
plants with pesticides. If you really want butterflies in
your garden, learn to live with a bit of chewing from
their babies… a.k.a. caterpillars.
—Meleah Maynard, garden writer and master gardener