12 Months of Nectar

Ever wish your landscape enticed pollinators year-round? It can — if you use plants from this list of nectar-rich flora.

January is the time for planning and preparing your landscape for the coming year. Some plant experts compile lists for 12 months of color. But I wanted to be different. So, I’m proposing 12 months of nectar — for butterflies and hummingbirds.

In general, butterflies prefer umbrella-shaped flowers and hummingbirds prefer tubular flowers. So, I’m keeping it simple and suggesting three plants per month to keep them happy and fed.

Butterflies Hummingbirds
January Mistflower
Alyssum
Rosemary
Firecracker plant
Mexican honeysuckle
Shrimp plant
February Citrus
Alyssum
Four nerve daisy
Citrus
Mexican honeysuckle
Texas buckeye
March Salvias
Blue curls
Porterweed
Red yucca
Texas buckeye
Texas redbud
April Butterfly bush
Blue curls
Salvias
Crossvine
Indian paintbrush
Salvias
May Pentas
Zinnias
Butterfly bush
Angel’s trumpet
Crossvine
Standing cypress
June Zinnias
Verbana
Coneflowers
Salvias
Red Yucca
Cupheas
July Zinnias
Sunflowers
Coneflowers
Esperanza
Firebush
Mexican olive
August Zinnias
Verbana
Coneflowers
Esperanza
Firebush
Turk’s cap
September Salvias
Mistflowers
Fall aster
Red yucca
Esperanza
Desert willow
October Salvias
Mistflowers
Fall aster
Turk’s cap
Red yucca
Firebush
November Duranta
Mexican flame vine
Fall aster
Firecracker plant
Turk’s cap
Shrimp plant
December Mistflower
Alyssum
Rosemary
Firecracker plant
Mexican honeysuckle
Shrimp plant

If I had to choose five all-purpose perennials for both butterflies and hummingbirds, they would be:fuzzy mothlike butterfly on an indian blanket flower isolated | SAWS Garden Style Conservation Water Saver San Antonio Texas

  1. Salvia
  2. Turk’s cap
  3. Mistflower
  4. Firecracker plant
  5. Rosemary

And three annuals:

  1. Zinnia
  2. Penta
  3. Coneflower

Now, that’s one all-purpose, year-round pollinator landscape!

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