Is there anything as interesting to a child as a butterfly fluttering by? I doubt it. Even as an adult I have to pause to observe their grace and beauty. Some butterflies, like Monarchs are also important pollinators. There are things you can do to invite butterflies into your yard, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If you can provide them with a large, open, sun-filled area, nectar flowers for adult butterflies, food sources for caterpillars, shelter from extreme weather, a shallow butterfly ‘pool’, and a few good sunning rocks, you will find you will easily attract some very happy butterflies. Establishing a butterfly garden is as simple as that.
Listed below are some of the more popular flowers we typically carry at Town & Country Gardens that are excellent for attracting butterflies.
Swallowtail Butterfly on Buddleia- Courtesy Mizzou Botanic Garden, University of Missouri
Perennials (come back each year):
Buddleia (butterfly bush)
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)
Liatris spicata (gayfeather)
Hummingbirds are another delightful creature we enjoy in our gardens. Click here for a list of many of the plants that attract hummingbirds to the garden.
Hummingbird- Ruby Troated