Any size garden can attract and support butterflies— from a wildflower meadow to a window box planted with a grouping of well-chosen species. The best way to attract butterflies and other pollinators is to provide a steady supply of the pollen- and nectar-rich blossoms that they love. The plants featured below are chosen because they will draw a variety of beneficial insects to your containers or garden beds. You'll be able to enjoy the movement and colors of butterflies, hummingbirds and bees from spring to autumn… and, hopefully, increase their populations for generations to come.
You don’t have to sacrifice beauty for low maintenance. Instead include hosta varieties available in a myriad of leaf shapes, sizes and color combinations. These mainstays of the shade garden are hardy, reliable and provide added beauty to the landscape from spring through fall.
As the summer sizzles and spring flowers fade, it’s time to plan and make room for perennials that come alive and bloom gloriously from now into autumn. Focus on some of the great garden classics such as Black-eyed Susan, Russian Sage, Calamint, Asters, Feather Reed grass and many other perennial favorites. Plant once—in multiples—and enjoy for years to come!