Want to attract these lovely bugs (yep! butterflies are still bugs folks) to your garden? Here’s some flower recommendations from Horticulture Magazine to help you create a summer butterfly haven:
Adult butterflies require nectar plants for food to give them the energy necessary for flight. Though many flowers contain nectar for butterflies, there are a few superstar performers:
1. Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii)
Butterfly bush is available in a variety of colors, provides dozens of fragrant blooms from July through late August, produces a ton of nectar, and is a must-have for any butterfly garden.
2. Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
The butterfly garden should also include the cornflower due to its tough, drought-tolerant bloom, not to mention it’s pretty flower bud too
3. Brazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
Drought-tolerant Brazilian verbena is another great butterfly bringer. Helpful tip: trim after the first bloom to encourage rebloom later in the season.
4. Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Butterfly milkweed is another butterfly plant that’s easy to grow right from the seed.
5. Zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia)
Last but not least, the zinnia–it’s a favourite for butterflies of all types, and provides a great punch of colour to the garden.
There you have it folks! Five great, gorgeous flowers perfect for your garden that also attracts some delightful company in the process!