Monday , July 6 2020

Drag butterflies into your little garden with these flowering perennials

Many people want to add some action to their gardens by planting plants that attract wildlife. One of the creatures gardeners like to attract sometimes is the butterfly. Its beautiful colors and ability to pollinate flowers are welcome attributes for most backyards.

There are several plants that attract butterflies; Here are some to consider that are perfect for smaller yards.

Buddleia Davidii

This is the usual butterfly bush. It is a very large shrub that has a height of 6 ’to 12’. achieved when left alone. With the right cut, however, Buddleia davidii can keep a nice size for a small garden centerpiece. It tolerates most soils and even has a high tolerance for soils with a high salt content.

Close-up of a monarch butterfly on a Buddleia Davidii bush.
Buddleia Davidii Busch and a monarch (Danaus plexippus)

It is a very robust plant, has woody stems and keeps green leaves almost all year round. The flowers are small and bloom in clusters. There are many different colors of Buddleia davidii, ranging from purple, yellow, orange and even white.

Partly it likes sun to the full sun and can survive with only light watering. It is better to prune the bush in winter after the plant has hibernated so that it becomes shorter and bushier in spring.

chrysanthemum

It comes from Asia and is a tropical perennial. They easily reproduce through seeds or cuttings. They love the sun and can survive light droughts. The plant remains low on the ground and is therefore perfect for a small garden or a flower bed.

Orange butterfly on a bed of purple chrysanthemums.

It has many single-stemmed flowers that are round and differ in color and pedal shape. Chrysanthemums are and are the second most popular flower by florists Make an excellent addition to any garden. They attract a large selection of butterflies and create a striking piece of color.

aster

“Aster”, which means “star”, refers to the shape of the flowers of this plant. There are many varieties of this plant in almost every color, so different colors in the garden with these flowers can be a breeze. Asters tolerate all hardiness zones and have been grown throughout the United States.

Pink aster with a peacock butterfly on the open flowers.

They are considered a kind of wild flower and do not grow taller than about 1 foot. With so many colors to choose from, asters can easily create a varied garden that is a hit with local butterflies. We share ours Tips for growing New England aster, and China aster here.

Coreopsis

Coreopsis plants have flowers similar in shape to asters. They can also have a color that is darker in the middle of the flower and lighter at the edges.

They bloom in the summer months and in the Tolleratz zones 3-9 and cover a wide range of annual temperatures.

The green of this plant is attractive, with thin, green leaves throughout.

Monarch butterfly on yellow coreopsis flower
Monarch butterfly on yellow coreopsis

Most stores sell them from seeds or plants so that they can be easily found for the person who likes seedlings and the person who may not have time for them.

Surely the butterflies will love this addition to the garden and the bright colors they bring, ranging from white and scarlet to bright sun yellow.

Lavandula

The infamous lavender plant! It has been added as a scent for food and households for centuries, but it attracts butterflies even longer. This plant is hardy in all zones in the USA and also discourages pests in the garden.

The flowers not only exude a lavender scent, but also the green. It has many fragrant uses, other than just to look pretty, but every garden can benefit from some lavender here and there.

Swallowtail butterfly in a lavender field.
Swallowtail butterfly in a lavender field.

The plant is often bushy and occurs in some varieties. So choose the variety that you think will best suit your garden. Some can be a lower bush, others a slightly larger bush.

Most people know that lavender is purple because there is even a color called “lavender”. However, the plant also has a “rose variety” that is pink. So you can make your garden pink or purple and still attract a lot of butterflies.

Echinacea

Echinacea or purple coneflower is now popular as a herbal supplement that helps improve the effectiveness of the immune system.

Regardless of whether a person uses it for health purposes or not, there is no doubt that Echinacea has been a popular addition to gardens for many years. Butterflies love this flower and it is considered very hardy in almost all zones. In warmer zones it can even be perennial.

European peacock on purple sun hat.

This plant grows a bit big, its flowers rise on stems from 2 feet to 2 1/2 feet above the ground, so it’s best to place it in the back of a small garden to add a little height. The plant does not force other flowers and does not grow up. And although Echinacea is referred to as a “purple” cone flower, it is also available in other colors, usually bright reds and even green. This plant is a highly recommended addition to the garden.

Swallowtail butterfly on a purple butterfly bush.
A giant swallowtail climbs out of a butterfly bush in the back yard to desperately need refreshment during their hike.

Even if there are only a few to choose from, one or all of them can certainly help you create a beautiful, compact garden that attracts beautiful butterflies all season long.

All of the above varieties are well sorted in most local garden stores in most areas and definitely definitely abundant in online garden stores. Have fun gardening and watching butterflies

About Christian

Christian Joshua Ferguson is a local activist who enjoys walking, social media and jigsaw puzzles. He is entertaining and smart, but can also be very greedy and a bit lazy. he also likes to write about plants

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