I have had a few readers ask me about attracting butterflies to the garden. The main reason that butterflies and hummingbirds will consistently visit your garden is because of nectar. Nectar is a sweet sugary fluid secreted by plants and flowers that encourages pollination. Insects like bees collect it and make honey. Hummingbirds and butterflies are sustained by it, and in ensuring their own survival, like the bees, they assist survival of plants by helping to pollinate them. We can encourage their visits to our gardens with plants that are pretty easy to grow as well as attractive in the garden. There are few things that make me happier than watching the butterflies and hummingbirds among the garden flowers.
The list below is by no means all inclusive, but includes the ones that can be grown across most zones, are pretty easy to grow, and do their job of bringing the beautiful and important flying additions to our garden.
And how could I speak of attracting butterflies without mention of the Butterfly Bush!
If you don’t already have plants that attract Butterflies, I hope the flowers above add some incentive to adding them to your garden. They will reward you with not just colorful flowers, but with amazing and colorful Butterflies that add movement and interest to your gardens. Thank you for stopping by. Laters, charisse