Did you know that butterfly gardeners can enjoy beautiful flowers all summer long? In this blog post, we’ll be discussing 10 beautiful perennial plants that attract butterflies. From easy-to-care-for garden phlox to exotic bee balm, these plants will add beauty and attraction to any garden. Not sure which perennial plant to choose for your butterfly garden? Read on for our top picks!
What are Perennial Plants
A plant that lives for more than two years is referred to as a perennial plant or simply perennial.
Herbaceous perennials are a type of perennial, particularly small flowering plants, that develop and bloom in the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then reappear in the spring from their rootstock or other overwintering structure.
Perennial plants are plants that live for more than one year. They have a deep root system, which helps them to survive tough conditions and retain their beauty over time. Some perennial plants are great additions to any garden because they attract butterflies and other pollinators.
How to Choose the Right Perennials for Butterfly Attraction
Attracting butterflies to your garden is easy with the right plants. Perennials that are brightly colored and have large flowers are popular choices. For example, butterfly garden favorites like Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
or Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) are great options. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also attract beneficial insects, like ladybugs or moths.
Keep plants low to the ground to reduce the risk of them being disturbed by birds or other animals, and start planting them in late winter/early spring when the weather is cool but sunny. You’ll be glad you did!
Beautiful Perennial Plants That Attract Butterflies
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
There’s nothing like watching butterflies flit around beautiful flowers. That’s why gardeners everywhere love perennial plants like black-eyed Susan. This tough plant grows well in both light and heavy soils, and its flowers are pure white with a delicate fragrance that attracts butterflies.
Best of all, black-eyed Susan can be grown indoors or out-it just prefers full sun conditions. To get the most out of your garden pleasure, sow black-eyed Susan seeds directly into the soil in early spring for optimal blooming performance in late summer or fall!
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Why not add bee balm to your garden this year? This perennial plant is a great choice for attracting butterflies and other pollinators. Not only that, but bee balm is easy to grow, requiring little maintenance once it’s planted in the ground or in containers. Not to mention, the handsome purple flowers are a particular favorite of bees and butterflies. So, bring pollination to your garden this season with bee balm!
Stonecrop ‘Autumn Joy’ (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’)
Stonecrop ‘Autumn Joy’ (Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’) is a perennial plant that is known for its beautiful flowers and pollination by bees. This plant grows to be 6 inches high and wide, making it an attractive addition to any garden. Its small white flowers are pollinated by bees, which makes this plant a good choice for those who love nature.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Purple coneflower is a perennial plant that is perfect for attracting butterflies. Not only does it bloom throughout the year, but the flowers are attractively shaped and very colorful – perfect for borders or other areas where attention is needed. This plant grows easily and needs only modest care – water when necessary and fertilize once a month with houseplant food.
Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)
One of the easiest perennials to maintain, coreopsis produces a consistent display of summer flowers with little work. Any coreopsis will do; the variety depicted here is threadleaf coreopsis. Smaller butterflies like skippers and whites are drawn to their golden flowers.
Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Blazing star is a beautiful perennial that attracts butterflies. It has large, colorful blooms and can grow up to 4 feet tall. The flowers are long-lasting and attractive to pollinators, such as bees and hummingbirds. Plant Blazing star in an area that receives full sun exposure for the best results!
Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
The back of a flower bed is an excellent place for joe-pye weed because, at almost six feet tall, it towers over smaller perennials. Although some gardening guides describe Eupatorium as a shade-loving plant that thrives in wetland settings, it can actually live anywhere, including a butterfly garden that receives direct sunlight.
New England Aster (Aster novae-angiae)
Perennial plants that attract butterflies are a must-have for gardeners in the spring and summer. New England aster is a perennial plant that is easy to grow and flowers abundantly, making it a great choice for gardeners in the Northeast. Its attractive blooms and long flowering period make it a popular choice for gardeners. If you’re looking for a perennial plant that attracts butterflies, the New England aster is a great option to consider.
Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
If you’re looking to beautify your garden or yard with some attractive perennial plants, look no further than goldenrod. This plant is great for attracting butterflies because it’s attractive, has nectar that attracts them, and flowers from early spring through late summer. Goldenrod prefers full sun but will do well in partial shade, too. So, whether you’re in the garden planning stage or just want to add some flowers to liven up your yard during the summer, goldenrod is a great option.
Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Garden phlox is a perennial plant that is beloved by butterflies. This easy-to-grow plant grows quickly and can be planted in various spots in the garden. The flowers are lovely pale pink and blue and make for an attractive addition to any garden. Keep your garden looking great all season long with garden phlox!
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
If you’re looking for a perennial plant that attracts butterflies, look no further than the blanket flower. This easy-to-care-for plant requires very little water and grows quickly, making it perfect for gardeners who want an easy plant to care for. The delicate blooms are a favorite among butterfly enthusiasts, as they provide nectar in abundance.
Butterfly gardening is a fun and easy way to attract beautiful butterflies to your garden! By choosing plants that are attractive to butterflies, you’ll be helping to pollinate your garden and create a healthy environment for these beautiful creatures.
Not only will butterfly gardeners enjoy watching these beautiful butterflies flutter around, they’ll also be enjoying the lovely flowers that these plants produce!
Check out our blog for a list of 10 beautiful perennial plants that attract butterflies and start enjoying the pollination process in your garden today!
Hi, I'm Lia! A gardening freak. My garden is my baby, and it brings me great joy to grow something beautiful. I hope by sharing my experiences you can learn something new and be inspired to do your own gardening!✨