So, you desire to attract more pollinators to your garden? You're in luck, because Encore® Azaleas are not only hardy shrubs with year-round interest, their vibrant blooms are ideally suited to nectar-sipping beauties like butterflies and hummingbirds.
Encore Azaleas can play a central role in any butterfly garden you are planning. Since they attract butterflies and hummingbirds, they will bring migrating butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden spring and fall, plus provide nectar for native butterflies all summer.
Butterflies have been called flying flowers and the gems of the insect world. The miracle of their transformation, bright colors and graceful flying patterns catch our eyes and captivate our imagination.
The large mass of bright colors provided by Encore Azaleas will bring dozens of butterflies to your garden, so plan to locate plenty of plants near windows and seating areas where they can be enjoyed at leisure.
Generally speaking, butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple flowers that form flat clusters or have short tubes. Swallowtail and grey comma butterflies are especially attracted to azalea flowers.
Hummingbirds see bright red, pink, and orange more easily, so choose brightly colored Encore Azaleas for your hummingbird-attracting plantings. The trumpet shape of Encore Azalea flowers is also important for hummingbirds, since they are only able to sip sweet nectar from that shape.
As well as providing three seasons of flowers and attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, Encore Azaleas are easy to grow. Keep these watering tips in mind to keep the visiting pollinators and your beautiful shrubs healthy.