Blooms for Butterflies, Finches & Hummingbirds

A guest post by Elizabeth Matlin
Early on summer mornings when I’m barely awake and brewing my tea, I look at our yard through the large window over the kitchen sink and see more than the deep purple morning glories twining up the gas lamp in the midst of a tangle of other blooms. I also see my wildlife friends that have decided our yard is one of their favorite breakfast spots. I’m delighted by a bright yellow finch landing directly in the center of a white coneflower to peck at the seeds inside. (The finch totally ignores the feeder of thistle seeds we’ve provided for him.) Soon a ruby-throated hummingbird flits swiftly between the honeysuckle vine and balloon flowers, gathering precious nectar. Next, the monarch and tiger swallowtail butterflies float by and land on the pincushion flowers and gooseneck loosestrife to feed. Finally, like clockwork, the resident chipmunk darts among the dwarf cotoneaster branches and stuffs his cheeks with plump red berries. My husband keeps a pair of binoculars on our kitchen windowsill so we can spontaneously zoom in for a closer look. Connecting with nature before we have the sleep fully rubbed out of our eyes is a wonderful way to start the day. And it’s a wonderful experience to share with children. Just another reason to start planting your perennial flower garden!


  1. Sharing nature with children is extremely important for our children. How easy it is to provide a pair of readily available binoculars. A family outing isn’t always necessary when we can simply look outside our windows at the amazing birds so close to home.
    Hummingbirds do enjoy the honeysuckle vine.You can visit to learn about more flowers to attract hummingbirds.

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