Plan Now To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden
One of the great joys of starting a garden is watching butterflies flit from flower to flower. Depending on which part of the country you’re in, you might notice different butterfly species arriving in the summer or fall to feed on nectar before they begin their migration journey. They are more likely to be drawn to certain plants in your garden.
Brilliantly colored bloomers like Dahlia – which commonly comes in pink, yellow, red and orange – and Zinnia – whose broad flowers offer a wide landing area – do a good job of welcoming monarchs to your garden.
Long blooming flowers like Black-Eyed Susan, Russian Sage and Cosmos are irresistible to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Black-Eyed Susan is a perennial, drought-tolerant wildflower that blooms in late summer and thrives easily in container gardens.
Butterfly weed is a great addition to any butterfly garden. It’s eye-catching milkweed blooms attract different species of butterflies. It is low-maintenance and drought-tolerant once established. Butterfly Weed is slow to emerge in spring, but worth the wait. Heliopsis, also known as false sunflower for its golden flowers, adds vibrancy to gardens while luring butterflies and hummingbirds. It is easy to grow from seed, and thrives in sandy, clay or rocky soil.