Butterflies and Hummingbirds in Your Garden

Put the Welcome Mat Out!



Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 A beautiful garden can be a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world – a place for quiet contemplations and joyful celebrations.






SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have written about Ocean Friendly Gardens, low-water use gardens, colorful gardens and gardens made up of native plants.  But, if you want to make your garden even more lush and vibrant, be sure to put out the welcome mat for butterflies and hummingbirds

beautiful butterfly

hummingbird yellow flowers


Floating free of time

Butterflies and hummingbirds

A sense of wonder


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In addition to adding color and energy to the environment, they will help your garden to thrive by pollinating the plants and enabling fertilization and reproduction.


If you fill your garden with blooming plants, you can attract butterflies and hummingbirds from the summer through late fall.


California poppy

butterfly garden


Plants that attract butterflies include:

Asters, Delphiniums, Hollyhocks,

Lavender, Marigolds, Sages, Zinnias


hummingbird garden


Plants that attract hummingbirds include:

Begonias, Dahlias,

Geraniums, impatiens,

Lilies, Petunias, Sages, Yuccas.



In addition to your choice of plants, other steps you can take to make your garden inviting include:


garden tools

A hummingbird feeder – just make sure the liquid mixture is right and that the feeder is kept clean.



An assortment of plants – with overlapping blooming periods for a year-round source of nectar.


A garden layout that provides shelter – shrubbery, walls and trees for your visitors to rest and nest.

hummingbird resting in plant

garden design


A minimal use of pesticides – to avoid endangering butterflies and birds and their food sources.

Pesticide free zone

With a little care and planning, you can add life to your garden…and enjoy the beauty that butterflies and hummingbirds bring.

cairns wing butterflyIn Loving Memory of

Josephine “Jay” Kishel

1916 – 2015

Mom with Greg 

She loved nature, whether it was stopping to smell a fragrant flower or eating a wild raspberry. A Pennsylvania miner’s wife and mother, she enjoyed family picnics at Harvey’s Lake and walking on the Atlantic City Boardwalk feeling the ocean breezes.


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