Because butterflies are cold-bloodied and need warmth for survival, plant flowers where they will receive sun the better part of the day. If you have a vegetable garden incorporate a few butterfly favorites within your vegetables. The flowers will add color and some act as companion plants that may help control insects. Also, certain butterflies are great garden-crop pollinators. Add some shallow puddles for drinking and flat stones for basking in the sun. And if you would like butterflies to stay around rather than pass through add the proper host plants to your butterfly garden this ensures butterflies will visit your gardens year after year.

Insecticides and herbicides can be very dangerous to butterflies, eggs and larva. Do not use them unless it’s absolutely necessary and only in moderation.

Don’t forget to check with your local county extension or garden center for the right native plants suited for your area.

Perennials

Aster
Black-eyed Susan
Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Weed
Coreopsis
Joe-Pye Weed
Lantana
Phlox
Purple Coneflower
Yarrow

Annuals

Calendula
Cosmos
Heliotrope
Impatiens
Marigold
Mexican Sunflower
Nasturtium
Pentas
Sweet William
Zinnia