Monarda spp., This unusual beauty grows up to 4 feet tall and starts flowering in midsummer, inviting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to your flower bed. Plants come in hues of pink, red, white and purple; choose mildew resistant varieties for best results. Frequent
The nectar of this spiky plant is a butterfly favorite, especially when it comes to the silver-spotted skipper. After the flowers fade, birds favor the seeds, which are easy to pick out in the garden. Blazing star reaches up to 6 feet tall, but some types, like Kobold, are much shorter, measuring roughly 18 inches.
Zinnia spp., Zinnia is a butterfly and hummingbird garden go-to, but several varieties of sparrows, finches and juncos eat the seeds later in the year. This annual is bee-friendly, too, attracting honeybees, bumblebees and some solitary bees. It reaches up to 3 feet and blooms until the first frost.•