Beautiful Perennials for a Colorful, Butterfly Garden

Do you know what is better then a garden bed filled with colorful perennials?  One that is filled with perennials

Do you know what is better then a garden bed filled with colorful perennials?  One that is filled with perennials that attract butterflies!

Perennials are the workhorses of the garden, providing beautiful color in spring and into the summer. An added bonus is that many perennials attract butterflies as well.

Here are just a few of my favorites…

Pink Phlox (Phlox paniculata) is a lovely perennial that is hardy to zone 4.  The flowers appear in summer and can last into early fall.  Phlox make great cut flowers and are suitable for a lovely bouquet.

Rudbeckia ‘Becky’ (Rudbeckia hirta ‘Becky’) brightens up the garden with its bright yellow flowers that resemble rays of the sun.  Hardy to zone 4, this sunny perennial is drought tolerant..

Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columbaria) adds a touch of cool color to the garden.  Available in pink, blue or white, they are hardy to zone 3.

Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) and their white petals form the perfect backdrop to the perennial garden.  Areas of white flowers help brighter-colored flower to ‘pop’ visually.  Hardy to zone 4, Shasta Daisies bloom summer into fall.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) with its oversized centers are often the star of the perennial bed.  They thrive in all types of climates – all the way from zone 2 gardens up to zone 10.  Available in shades of pink, purple, orange and white.

‘Moonshine’ Yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine’) makes a great addition with its flat-topped flowers, which adds a different-shaped flower to the garden.  Hardy to zone 3, this perennial has beautiful gray foliage and is drought-tolerant.

These are just a small sampling of colorful, flowering perennials that will add beauty and attract butterflies to your garden.

Do you have any favorite perennials that you use to attract butterflies?  Please share them with us!

Check out Birds & Blooms article “Top 10 Butterfly Favorites” for some more great plants to try out in your garden.

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Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.