Butterfly Gardens

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.

 

Butterfly-Swallowtail-On-Buddleia
Swallowtail Butterfly on Buddleia- Courtesy Mizzou Botanic Garden, University of Missouri

Perennials (come back each year):

Asters
Buddleia (butterfly bush)
Coreopsis (Tickseed)
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)
Geranium Rosanne
Liatris spicata (gayfeather)
Yarrow 

 

Annuals

Ageratum
Geraniums
Lantana
Marigold
Verbena 

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
Hummingbird- Ruby Troated