Monarch on zinniaAttracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden is easy, fun and valuable. Is there anything better than hearing the sweet sounds of songbirds in the morning or seeing magical hummingbirds and butterflies in your own yard.

Beneficial insects, or good bugs, help with pollination and some even eat the bad bugs! Organic gardeners attract these good bugs to cut down on the use of insecticides. Hummingbirds and butterflies are invaluable when it comes to the task of pollination.

Attracting these to your yard and garden is easy. Add a birdbath, bird feeder, and a nesting box (bird house). Incorporate a few of the following plants in your garden or a few in a container and see who comes to your garden!


Sandy’s Back Porch carries many (but not all) of the plants listed below.

(Our plants are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability.)


Key

B = Butterflies | H = Hummingbirds | S = Songbirds | P = Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

N = Native | spp. = multiple species

X = Plants we carry | D = Drought Tolerant

Annuals

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Alcea rosea Hollyhock B Sun Host plant for Checkered Skipper
Angelonia B Sun X
Asclepias curassavica Bloodflower B Sun
Begonias spp. Begonia varieties B Part Sun/Shade X/D
Calibrachoa Million Bells B Sun X
Cannas (Warm season Bulb) H Sun X
Castilleja coccinea Indian Paintbrush B/H Sun N
Cassia fasciculata Partridge Pea S Sun N
Cleome H Sun
Cosmos B/P Sun D
Dahlias B Sun X
Gomphrena Globe Amaranth B Sun X/D
Heliotropium arborescens Heliotrope B Sun /Part Shade
Hibiscus (Tropical) B Sun X
Lantana B/H Sun X/D
Lobularia maritima Sweet Ayssum B Sun X
Mirabilis jalapa Four O’Clocks B/H Sun/Part Shade
Nicotiana alata Flowering Tobacco B/H Sun
Pelargonium x hortorum Geranium B/H Sun X/D
Pentas Star Flower B Sun X/D
Petunias B/H Sun X
Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed Susan S/B Sun N X/D
Salvia spp. Salvia Varieties H/P Sun X/D
Helianthus annuus Sunflowers S/P Sun X/D
Tagetes patula French Marigold B/H/P Sun X/D
Tithonia Mexican Sunflower B/H/P Sun
Tropaeolum Nasturtium B/P Sun
Verbena bonariensis B Sun
Verbena spp. Verbena Varieties B Sun X
Zinnia spp. Zinnia species B/H/P Sun X/D
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Annual Vines

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Ipomea x miltifuida Cardinal Climber H/P Sun
Ipomea quamoclit Cypress Vine H/P Sun
Ipomea spp Morning Glory H/P Sun D
Lablab purpureus Hyacinth Bean Vine H Sun
Mandevilla Mandevilla B/P Sun  X
Phaseolus coccineus Scarlet Runner Bean H/P Sun
Thunbergia alata Black-Eyed Susan Vine B Sun
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Grasses and Sedges

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Bouteloua curtipendula Sideoats Grama S Sun N
Elymus canadensis Canada Wild Rye S N
Panicum virgatum Switch Grass S Sun N
Sorghastrum nutans Indian Grass S Sun N
Sporobolus heterolepsis Prairie Dropseed S Sun N D
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Perennials

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Achillea Yarrow P Sun X/D
Agastache Anise Hyssop B/P Sun D
Amsonia illustris Shining Blue Star B Sun N D
Anemone canadensis Windflower P Sun/Part Shade N
Aquilegia canadensis Columbine B/H/P Part Shade/Shade N X
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed B/H/P Sun N X
Host Plant for Monarchs
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed B/H/P Sun N X/D
Host Plant for Monarchs
Aster novae-angliae New England Aster B/H/S/P Sun N X
Aster oblonifoliius Aromatic Aster B/P Sun N D
Aster oolentangiensis Sky Blue Aster B/S/P Sun N
Baptisia australis Blue False Indigo S Sun N X/D
Callirhoe digitata Fringed Poppy Mallow B Sun N
Callirhoe involucrata Purple Poppy Mallow S Sun N D
Chelone glabra White Turtlehead B/H Sun N
Chelone lyoni Rose Turtlehead B/H Sun N
Coreopsis lancelota Lanceleaf Coreopsis B/H/S/P Sun N
Coreopsis palmata Prairie Coreopsis B/S/P Sun N
Coreopsis tripteris Tall Coreopsis B/S/P Sun N
Delphinium exaltatum Larkspur B/H Sun
Dianthus Pinks B/H Sun D
Dicentra spectabliis Bleeding Heart H Shade X
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove (Biennial) B/H Sun/Part Shade
Echinacea pallida Pale Purple Coneflower B/P Sun N D
Echinacea paradoxa Yellow Coneflower B/H/S Sun N D
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower B/H/S /P Sun N X/D
Echinacea Varieties Coneflowers B/S/P Sun X/D
Echinops Globe Thistle B Sun D
Eupatorium purpureum Joe Pye Weed B/P Sun N
Gaillardia Blanket Flower B/P Sun X/D
Geranium maculatum Crane’s Bill Geranium S Part Shade N
Glandularia canadensis Rose Verbena B/H/S/P Sun/Part Shade N
Guara Whirling Butterflies B Part Shade D
Helianthus occidentalis Western Sunflower B/S/P Sun N
Heliopsis helianthoides Ox-eye Sunflower B/S Sun N D
Hellenium virginicum Sneezeweed S/P Sun N
Hemerocallis Daylillies B Sun X
Heuchera spp. Coral Bells H Shade/Part Shade X/D
Heuchera richardsonii Alumroot H /P Shade/Part Shade N D
Hibiscus lasiocarpos Rose Mallow B/S/P Sun N D
Hibiscus moscheutos Hardy Hibiscus B/S Sun X
Iris Fulva Copper Iris B/H/P Sun/Part Shade N
Kniphofia Red Hot Poker B/H Sun X
Leucanthemum Daisy B Sun X
Liatris pycnostacha Prairie Blazing Star B/H/S Sun N
Liatris scariosa Eastern Blazing Star B/H/P Sun N
Liatris spicata Prairie Blazing Star B/H/S Sun N D
Lilium spp Tiger Lilies B/H Sun  X
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower B/H Sun/Part Shade N X
Lobelia syphlitica Great Blue Lobelia B/H/P Sun/Part Shade N
Mertensis virginica Virginia Bluebells P Part Shade/Shade N
Monarda bradburiana Bee Balm B/H Sun N X
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot B/H/P Sun N
Nepeta Catmint H/P Sun X/D
Onothera macrocarpa Missouri Evening Primrose H/S Sun N D
Penstemon cobea Purple Beard Tongue H Sun N
Penstemon digitalis Beard Tongue B/H/S/P Sun N
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage P Sun X/D
Phlox diverticata Wild Sweet William B/H Shade N
Phlox paniculata Garden Phlox B/H Sun N X
Phlox spp. Phlox species B/P Sun N X
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant B/H Sun N
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Slender Mountain MInt B/P Sun/Part Shade N D
Ratibida pinnata Gray-head Coneflower S/P Sun N
Rudbeckia fulgida Orange Coneflower B/S/P Sun N D
Rudreckia subtomentosa Sweet Coneflower B/S/P Sun N D
Salvia azurea Blue Sage B Sun N
Salvia spp. Salvia species B/P Sun D
Scabiosa Pincushion Flower B/P Sun X
Silene regia Royal Catchfly B/H Sun/Part Shade N
Silene virginica Fire Pink B/H Sun/Part Shade N
Silphium integrifolium Rosinweed B/S Sun N
Silphium laciniatum Compass Plant B/S Sun N
Silphium perfoliatum Cup Plant B/S/P Sun N
Silphium terebinthinaceum Prairie Dock S Sun N
Solidago flexicaulis Zig Zag Goldenrod B/P Part Shade N D
Solidago rigida Stiff Goldenrod B/P/S Sun N
Solidago speciosa Showy Goldenrod B/P/S Sun N
Stylophorum diphyllum Celandine Poppy P Shade N X
Tierella cordifolia Foamflower P Part Shade/Shade X
Tradescantia Spiderwort P Part Shade/Shade N
Verbena spp. Verbena Species B Sun X
Veronia arkansas Ironweed P Sun N
Veronicastrum virginicum Culver’s Root B/P Sun N
Zizia aptera Golden Alexander B/P Sun/Part Shade N Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
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Perennial Vines

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Aristolochia tomentosa Dutchman’s Pipe B Sun/Part Shade N  Host plant for Pipe Vine Swallowtails
Bignonia capreolata Cross Vine H Sun/Shade N
Campsis radicans Trumpet Creeper H/P Sun N D
Celastrus scanens American Bittersweet S Sun N
Clematis virginiana Virgin’s Bower B/P Sun/Part Shade N
Clematis spp. Clematis Species B/P Sun X
Lonicera flava Yellow Honeysuckle Vine B/H/S/P Sun N
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia creeper H/S Sun / Part Shade N
Passiflora incarnata Purple Passionflower B/P Sun / Part Shade N
Vitas aestivalis Summer Grape S/P Sun N
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Herbs

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Anethum graveolens Dill (Annual) B/P Sun X
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Borago officinalis Borage (Annual) P Sun
Coriandrum sativum Cilantro (Annual) P Sun X
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel (Annual) B/P Sun X
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Lavendula Lavender (Some Perennial) P Sun X/D
Mentha spp. Mints (Perennial) B/H/P Sun X
Ocimum Basilicum Basil (Annual) P Sun X
Origanum majorana Marjoram (Perennial) P Sun X
Origanum vulgare Oregano (Perennial) B/P Sun X
Petroselinium crispum Parsley (Biennial) B/P Sun X
Host Plant for Black Swallowtail
Salvia officinalis Garden Sages (Perennial) H/P Sun X
Thymus vulgaris Thyme (Perennial) B/P Sun X/D
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Trees and shrubs are the backbone of a garden. They provide shade, beauty and help to decrease utility bills. Trees and shrubs provide shelter for songbirds and hummingbirds.cardinal

Shrubs and Trees

Botanical Name Common Name B/H/S/P Sun/Shade Native Notes
Acer rubrum Red Maple B/S/P Sun/Part Shade
Aesculus glabra Ohio Buckeye H Sun/Part Shade N
Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye H Part Shade N
Albizia julibrissin (X) Mimosa H Sun/Part Shade
Amelanchier arborea Service Berry S/P Sun/Part Shade N
Aronia melanocarpa Black Chokeberry S/P Sun/Part Shade N D
Asminia triloba Pawpaw B/S/P Sun/Part Shade N  Host plant for Zebra Swallowtail
Azalea spp. Azalea species H/P Dappled Sun/Shade X
Betula Nigra River Birch S Sun/Part Shade N
Buddleia Butterfly Bush B/H Sun X/D
Caryopteris B Sun
Catalpa speciosa Northern Catalpa P Sun/Part Shade N
Ceanonthus americanus New Jersey Tea B/H/P Sun/Part Shade N
Celtis occidentalis Hackberry B/S Sun N
Cephalanthus occidentals Button Bush B/H/P Sun/Part Shade N
Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud B/P Sun/Part Shade N X/D
Chaenomeles japonica Flowering Quince H Sun D
Chionanthus virginicus Fringetree S Sun/Part Shade N D
Clethera ainifolia Summersweet B Sun/Part Shade
Cornus alternifolia Pagoda Dogwood B/S/P Sun/Part Shade N
Cornus drummondii Roughleaf Dogwood S Sun/Part Shade N
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood B/S Sun/Part Shade N
Cornus racemosa Gray Dogwood B/S Sun/Part Shade N
Crataegus viridis Green Hawthorn B/S Sun N
Crataegus spp. Hawthorn Species B/S/P Sun C
Diospyros virginia Persimmon B/S Sun/Part Shade N
Gymnocladus dioicus Kentucky Coffeetree S Sun N
Hammamelis virginiana Witch Hazel H Sun/Part Shade N/C
Hibiscus syricus Rose of Sharon B/H Sun
Hydrangea arborescens Wild Hydrangea P Sun/Part Shade N D
Ilex opaca American Holly S Sun N
Ilex verticulata Winterberry Holly S Sun D
Juniperus virginiana Eastern Red Cecdar S Sun N
Liridera benzoin Spicebush B/S/P Sun/Part Shade  Host Plant for Spicebush Swallowtail
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree H Sun
Nyssa sylvatica Black Gum S Sun/Part Shade N D
Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark P Sun/Part Shade N
Physocarpus spp Ninebark Varieties B/P Sun/Part Shade N X
Picea pungens Colorado Spruce S Sun
Prunus americana Wild Plum H/S/P Sun/Part Shade N
Prunus serotina Black Cherry S Sun/Part Shade N
Quercus spp. Oak Species S Sun N
Rhododendron spp. Rhododendron Species P Part Shade N X
Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac B/S Sun/Part Shade N
Ribes odooratum Clove Currant B/S Sun/Part Shade N D
Salix spp. Willow Species B Sun/Part Shade  Host Plant for Red Spotted Purple
Sambucus nigra Black Elderberry B/S/P Sun/Part Shade
Sassafras albidum Sassafras S/P Sun/Part Shade N
Sapindus drummondii Western Soapberry S Sun/Part Shade N
Syringa vulgaris Lilac B/H Sun
Vaccinium Corymbosum Blueberries H Sun
Viburnum prunifolium Black Haw S/P Part Sun/Shade D
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