Attracting Butterflies

Want to add some winged wonder to your backyard? Attract butterflies with these butterfly gardening ideas and our expert tips on the best plants and flowers that attract butterflies.

6 Go-To Flowers You Should Plant in Your Butterfly Garden

Readers share their favorite flowers that always attract the most butterflies to visit their gardens.


Plant a Meadow: Grow Wildflowers for Butterflies

Grow a garden filled with colorful wildflowers to attract butterflies and other pollinators from spring through fall.


Butterfly Bush Care: When Do Butterfly Bushes Bloom?

Learn when butterfly bushes bloom and how to prune and take care of a butterfly bush, plus why some varieties...


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Annual and Perennial Butterfly Garden Designs

For a fun idea, plant flowers that attract butterflies in a butterfly-shaped garden bed! We’ve got two plans for butterfly...


9 Butterfly Flowers That Are Easy to Grow From Seed

Want to attract butterflies on a budget? Fill your garden with beautiful butterfly flowers from just a few dollars' worth...


8 Super Fragrant Flowers That Pollinators Love

Grow perennial powerhouses that will convince you to stop and smell the flowers. Bonus! Pollinators love them.


Attract Birds and Butterflies With Coneflowers

These easy-to-grow perennials attract plenty of pollinators and add a bright pop of color to your garden.


Add Native Plant Blazing Star to Butterfly Gardens

This native American wildflower blooms into early fall, providing nectar for late-season butterfly garden visitors.

7 Summer Nectar Flowers That Attract Butterflies

Looking for summer flowers that attract butterflies? Try these easy-to-grow choices that butterflies will love.


Quiz: How Many Butterflies Can You ID?

Take our butterfly challenge and see how many you know!


Tips for Attracting the First Spring Butterflies

Learn which butterflies appear first, what they feed on, and the best actions for supporting and attracting the first spring...


5 Basic Butterfly Behaviors to Know

Take your butterfly gardening to the next level by learning some of their most common habits to look for.


6 Cool Facts About Butterfly Houses

Take a tour of these popular destinations where butterflies roam.


Can I Fix a Broken Butterfly Wing?

It’s hard to see a battered butterfly struggle. Learn if it’s really appropriate to try to fix a broken butterfly...


Facts About Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies

The cloudless sulphur is one of those species that put the "butter" in butterfly! Learn more about this species.


How Butterflies and Bugs Hibernate

Butterflies and bugs make themselves at home nestled under leaves or hidden beneath tree bark in the backyard.

Monarch Egg or Aphid? How to Tell the Difference

Not sure what you've got on your milkweed plants? Learn to tell the difference between a monarch egg and an...


What Do Butterflies Eat?

You know they drink nectar from flowers, but how exactly do butterflies eat? Find out in this video.


The Pros and Cons of Common Milkweed

Common milkweed is good for monarch butterflies, but is it right for your garden?


Attract Butterflies with Late Blooming Asters

Late-blooming asters will attract butterflies to your garden throughout the end of summer and into fall.


Top 10 Plants for Swallowtail Butterflies

Transform your backyard garden into a swallowtail butterfly paradise with these flower favorites.

Attract Butterflies with Zin Master Seed Mix

This seed mix seems to include every kind of zinnia under the sun, and every one of them is made...


5 Easy Ways to Attract and Help Butterflies

Attract more of these fluttering beauties to your backyard with a few simple steps. Plus learn tips to help butterflies...


Fruit Feeder to Attract Butterflies and Birds

Some butterflies prefer fruit to flowers, and certain birds enjoy a sweet treat too. Attract butterflies and birds with this...


Roosting in the Butterfly Garden

When butterflies need to rest or take shelter, they find a place to roost. Learn how to make your butterfly...


Watch a Butterfly Feeding

If you've never looked closely at a butterfly feeding, this video gives you the chance.


Attracting Butterflies: Common Buckeye

Despite the name, the Common Buckeye is anything but ordinary. The eyespots make this brown butterfly a real attention-getter!