I can’t believe summer is half over already! Before you know it, fall planting season will arrive, so it’s time to start thinking about things you want to add to your garden now. Since I’m often asked about plants that attract butterflies, I created a top 10 list of easy care perennials that they love.
When I started my flower garden, it was really important to me to attract pollinators. Before planting, I researched butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants that grow well in my area to entice them to my yard. Thankfully, there are lots of gorgeous flowers that attract both so this list is a great start to having a pollinator garden.
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Tips to Attracting Butterflies with Plants
- Select plants with varying bloom times so butterflies are fed from spring through fall. Check the plant tag for bloom times. Butterflies are drawn to clusters of like colors so it is important to plant enough of the same flowers together.
- Butterflies favor native plants.
- Where possible, avoid pesticides in your gardens because they can wipe out butterflies and other pollinators.
- Butterflies are drawn to brightly colored purples, blues, yellows, whites and pinks.
- Focus on plants with multiple florets as well as composite flowers, because they can get more nectar at one time.
- Avoid double flowering varieties because they carry less nectar.
For more information about butterfly gardens, read this.
My Top 10 List of Easy Care Plants that Attract Butterflies
In my gardens, butterflies love Bee Balm, Echinacea, Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Liatris, Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susan, Tall Phlox, Sedum Autumn Joy and Joe Pye Weed. And the best part? Most of these blooms over the course of a few months, so your garden will bloom from spring through fall.
While most of the plants on this list will do well in a range of zones, keep in mind that I garden in hardiness zone 6a New Jersey. Before planting, check your hardiness zone to be sure these plants will do well in your climate. .
Black Eyed Susans (Rudbekia)
Sedum Autumn Joy
Joe Pye Weed
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