Butterflies don’t just add beauty to your garden, they help pollinate the planet as well. They are an essential part of our environment, and it is important we provide welcoming gardens for them. If you want to know how to attract more butterflies to your garden, the right plants are key. Take a look below at 7 plants you need in your garden to attract butterflies so you can be sure you are rolling out a welcoming landscape.
7 Plants you Need to Attract Butterflies
You can’t look past these tall pops of purple! Allium are actually part of the onion family, but they smell nothing like onions! These tall, purple puff flowers are easily recognizable and can add some instant whimsy to your garden. Plus, the bright color will attract butterflies and give them a peaceful place to rest. Plant them from bulbs for best results.
2. Bee Balm
Bee balm isn’t just good for attracting bumble bees, it attracts butterflies too. This plant comes in all sorts of colors, and it is pretty low maintenance. It is also a perennial, so once you plant it, you can count on it coming back year after year. It makes great ground cover or can dress up flower borders nicely.
You can’t have a butterfly garden without a butterfly bush. It is no wonder this plant attracts butterflies considering its name! Butterfly bushes can grow and bush out over the years, making them perfect space fillers. They are mostly pink or purple, smell sweet, bloom beautifully, and can be a lovely addition to your garden. Plant them from mature seedlings for best results.
Daylilies are great for anyone who doesn’t have a green thumb, as they are so easy to grow. Plus they are a perennial, so they will come back on their own year after year. You can grow them from bulbs or plant separations, and you will find them to be quite hardy. Choose from all sorts of colors to fit your garden design. Butterflies love the trumpet shape of the bloom as they are easy to sip from.
Lavender not only smells amazing, it is beautiful and attracts butterflies too! It is a perennial, so once you plant it you can enjoy it for years to come. The soft purple is quite pleasing to look at, and you will find that it has many aromatherapy benefits as well. Plant it from starters so you can enjoy it quickly.
Another bonus? Lavender will attract bumblebees too, which are also important pollinators.
Lilac trees come in soft white, pink, and all shades of purple. They smell amazing and can make your yard look like a dream! Plant a lilac bush or tree in your yard and watch the butterflies flock. They love the colors and the cone shaped flowers that are so easy for them to sip from. You can find starter trees and bushes at your local gardening center. Lilacs are some of my most favorite flowers because I love the smell! We have light purple lilacs in our backyard.
Mint is for more than just your lemonade. Grow mint and attract butterflies to your yard too. Mint makes great ground cover (although be careful, it can take over quickly) and does well in containers too. Another benefit is repelling rodents like mice who try to find their way into your house.
Try growing some mint and watch the butterflies sniff it out quickly.
Are you ready to make your garden more butterfly friendly? Keep these 7 plants for attracting butterflies to your garden in mind. By adding them to your landscape you are sure to provide them with the plants they love to flock to.
We get lots of butterflies in our backyard, but we also raised our own for a fun homeschooling experience! You can read more about that in these posts: