Swarms of butterflies can transform a backyard patch into a magical garden, but it is not magic that makes them flutter around your house. You see, butterflies are attracted to flowers that have a heavy perfume. These flowers contain carbohydrates that are needed to fuel their high-intensity mating and flower pollinating. A few butterfly favorites are:
- Queen Anne’s Lace
- Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
- Red Zinnias
- Orange Marigolds
Be sure to plant these flowers in a sunny spot that’s protected from high wind. Don’t use a light touch—butterflies love abundant patches of nectar.
Another tip: Stagger the planting times for these flowers so they have at least a few nectar-bearing blooms throughout the summer months. That will keep the butterflies from having to seek out new feeding grounds.
Your local Stockdale’s has a wide variety of flower seeds and plants. Stop by our garden center and browse through our blooms.