Top Plants for Your Butterfly Garden
Create a best-on-the-block butterfly garden with these must-have plants, including phlox and butterfly bush.
1. Butterfly Bush
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.
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
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.