Monarch Butterfly
Female Monarch Butterfly on Buddleja

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Attracting Butterflies

Would you like more butterflies to visit your garden? One year in September I was delighted to find four Monarch butterflies feasting on the red flowers of a dahlia in the Demo Garden. They stayed for at least 20 minutes! While I hope that magical experience will happen again this is not what butterflies usually do in the garden. They don’t stay and stay like bees, they flit in and out. Even so, I make sure to have some plants butterflies love just in case they stop by for nectar or pollen.

Flower color is a good place to start when attracting butterflies. They seem to be more attracted to reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, purples and sometimes whites. Here are a few plants to consider for your butterfly garden: Achillea (yarrow), Monarda, Lantana, Zinnia, Echinacea, Liatris spicata, Phlox, Buddleja and others that have large landing pads for them to alight upon. There is so much more to know about gardening with butterflies in mind. Contact Mary for a consultation.

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