Top Plants for Your Butterfly Garden

Create a best-on-the-block butterfly garden with these must-have plants, including phlox and butterfly bush.

Create a best-on-the-block butterfly garden with these must-have plants, including phlox and butterfly bush.

1. Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly bush is a shrub that’s typically covered in butterflies all summer long. An easy-care shrub, it features fragrant flowers in shades of blue, purple, and white.

Here’s a hint: If your butterfly bush starts to get big, prune it back in winter or early spring. You can cut it almost all the way down to the ground.

2. Phlox

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Phlox bears beautiful clusters of red, pink, lavender, salmon, or white blooms throughout the summer. Their lovely scent delights our noses as much as their nectar delights hungry butterflies.

Here’s a hint: Phlox can be troubled by a disease called powdery mildew. Look for disease-resistant varieties.

3. Anise Hyssop

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There are lots of reasons to grow anise hyssop: It’s super heat and drought tolerant, deer and rabbits leave it alone, it blooms for weeks in late summer, and butterflies love it. Plus it’s a great cut flower.

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