While there are many plants that can be used as a hedge, this page will be used to suggest plants that are also good for butterflies.
Note – I’m looking for help if you have grown any of these.
Arrowwood Viburnum -Viburnum Dentatum
Wild Hydrangea – Hydrangea arborescens
Sue Leahy – “The BEST hydrangea for butterflies and bees is Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). It is a pollinator magnet.”
Hydrangea paniculata – standard version.
- The trick is to get the older standard version, not a newer species. The picture above is an older hydrangea which is a magnet for bees and pollinators in my garden. The Summer Azure will also lay eggs on the flower buds.
- A newer variety I have, Limelight, has beautiful flowers, but does not attract any pollinators. Apparently the flowers are serile.
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Pinky Winky is another newer version of this which does attract pollinators. 1 – 2
Nannyberry Viburnum – Viburnum lentago
Thanks to Dennis Bozzay for the above picture.
Ninebark – Physocarpus opulifolius
Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum – Viburnum rufidulum
This will bloom and provide nectar for early spring butterflies. It is also a host plant for spring/summer azures. Dark fruit in the fall for birds. This plant will sucker, so this could be a problem in some settings. 10′ – 20′ tall and wide. Sun to partial shade.