nursery, greenhouse & Gift shop Located just 7 miles south of Viroqua                                                      S7301 US 14/61, Readstown, Wi        (608) 629-5975

Landscaping by Sara Washburn of Second Nature at Reads Creek

what are the best ways to provide nourishment to my flying friends?

  • According to WI Master Gardener's website, "The best way to encourage these small birds to remain in a landscape is to grow a diversity of nectar-producing flowers they prefer and have feeders as a supplement especially when blooms are scarce. In addition to having staggered bloom times to have a food source for the entire season, a source of water and trees or tall shrubs for nesting and perching will encourage them to stay. Avoid using pesticides that would indiscriminately kill the small insects these birds feed on. Flowers don’t have to be planted just in the garden, as hummingbirds will readily visit flowers in containers, too."  (https://wimastergardener.org/article/hummingbirds-in-the-garden/)
  • How to create safe nectar for hummingbirds: https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/news-events/the-buzz/hummingbird-nectar-recipe


what can I grow in wisconsin to attract hummingbirds?​​

  • Michael & Kathi Rock have developed incredibly thorough lists of native and non-native plants that will grow in northern latitudes and attract hummingbirds




  • Visit us at the nursery and we can help set you up with a collection of plants sure to draw in all of your winged visitors!  If we don't have the plant you are looking for, we will find a way to get it for you.  

Attract More Hummingbirds, Bees

and Butterflies in your Yard 

Second Nature at Reads Creek stone wall design and plantings
Landscaping design by Second Nature at Reads Creek designer Sara Washburn

Top staff picks:​​​

  • TREES: Eastern Redbud, Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn, Northern Catalpa, Tuliptree
  • SHRUBS: Lilac, Weigela, Rhododendron, Buttonbush, Summersweet
  • VINES: Clematis, Honeysuckle
  • ​PERENNIALS: Allium, Columbine, Butterfly Weed, Dianthus, Bleeding Heart, Coneflower (Echninacea), Daylily, Coral Bells, Hosta, Liatris/Gayfeather, Cardinal Flower, Iris, Phlox, Bee Balm, Catmint, Astilbe, Vinca (Periwinkle), Salvia