Butterfly Garden Plans

The green grass and the happy skies
court the fluttering butterflies. 

 ~Astrid Alauda 

Think butterflies and hummingbirds when planting your garden, and these lovely winged creatures will come flocking!  Butterflies and hummingbirds are not only easy to attract to your garden, but they can be beneficial as well as beautiful.  Both feed on nectar flowers.  Some plants, like Lobelia (Cardinal Flower), actually depend on hummingbirds for pollination since their flowers have such an elongated tube.

Garden Design 1

Garden Design 1
Garden Design 1

Key

A.   Buddleia — Butterfly Bush (2)
B.   Coreopsis (12)
C.   Scabiosa (10+10)
D.  Verbena (3)
E.  Lantana (2 per pot)
F.  Columbine (5+5)
G.  Daylily (8+8)
H. Hardy Hibiscus (3)
I.   Liatris (8)
J.   Lobelia (9)
K. Honeysuckle (2)
L. Perennial Salvia (3+3)

Begin by selecting a sunny, well-drained location.  Measure off your site and amend soil appropriately.  By using the guide below, fill in your garden with the designated plants.  To add finishing touch place a shallow basin of water nearby as a welcome retreat for butterflies and hummingbirds!

Best for Wet or Moist soils

Best for Wet or Moist soils

Shady Garden for West and South sides of the house

Shady Garden for West and South sides of the house

Prairie Garden

Prairie Garden

This easy garden design can be grown almost anywhere!

This easy garden design can be grown almost anywhere!