Butterfly Gardens


Creating a Butterfly Garden
The butterflies favorite blooms are the sweetest, most colorful ones. Their main food is nectar from flowers and the best way to attract them to your home garden is to plant their favorites in large
groupings. As far as butterflies are concerned there can never be too many flowers! Make sure your garden produces nectar flowers all through the season so they can always find food. Butterfly gardens are generally planted in sunny locations. In fact butterflies need to bask in the sun to warm themselves for flight. A flat stone in full sun will do the trick. It is important to keep your garden in an area protected from wind and refrain from using harmful chemicals.

Nectar Plants

Achillea (Yarrow) P
Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) P
Aster P
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) P
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) S
Chrysanthemum (Mum) P
Clethra (Summersweet) P
Coreopsis (Tickseed) P
Delphinium (Larkspur) P
Dianthus (Garden Pinks) A/P
Echinacea (Coneflower) P
Echinops (Globe Thistle) P
Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) P
Geranium A
Gaillardi (Blanket Flower) P
Helianthus (Sunflower) A
Heliopsis (Perennial Sunflower) P
Hemerocallis (Daylily) P
Hibiscus (Hardy Hibiscus) P
Iberis (Candytuft) P
Lantana A
Lavendula (Lavender) P
Liatris (Gayfeather) P
Lilium (Garden Lily) P
Lonicera (Honeysuckle) P
Lupinus (Lupine) P
Monarda (Bee Balm) P
Nepeta (Catmint) P

Penta (Starflower) A
Philadephus (Mock Orange) P
Phlox (Garden Phlox) A/P
Potentilla (Cinquefoil) P
Rose S
Rosemarinus (Rosemary) P
Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan) P
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower) P
Sedum (Stonecrop) P
Verbena A/P
Veronica A/P
Viburnum S
Zinnia A
Host Plants
Carrot (for foliage) V
Dill H
Borage H
Parsley H
Grasses P
Milkweed P
Queen Ann’s Lace P