Attract Butterflies with Perennial Flowers

Attract Butterflies with Perennial Flowers

Attract Butterflies with Perennial Flowers

Draw butterflies to the garden with nectar-rich flowers

To see scads of dancing butterflies visiting your garden, you'll want to add nectar-rich flowers with open petals, and short tubular blooms - perfect fits for the long, skinny "probosci" they use to suck up nectar. You'll also want to be sure that you've planted flowers with a range of bloom times, from early spring through fall, to keep hungry butterflies fed throughout the season. Because butterflies are most active in full sun, most of their favorite blooms are also great fits for sunny sites.

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  1. Magnus Echinacea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
  2. Reblooming Daylily Hyperion, Hemerocallis Hyperion close up of yellow flower bloom, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden Inc.

    'Hyperion' Reblooming Daylily's cheerful, sunny-yellow blooms are prolific and sweetly fragrant. The large, 5" flowers last into the evening hours and are perfectly charming set agai...

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    Hyperion Reblooming Daylily Reblooming Daylily Hyperion Hemerocallis Hyperion
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    'Hyperion' Reblooming Daylily's cheerful, sunny-yellow blooms are prolific and sweetly fragrant. The large, 5" flowers last into the evening hours and are perfectly charming set against the tall, grass-like foliage. 'Hyperion' is a strong, easy-to-grow variety that has been in cultivation for over 80 years. Very cold hardy and attractive to butterflies. (Hemerocallis)
  3. Peony Gay Paree, Paeonia lactiflora garden close up

    Show stopping Peony ‘Gay Paree’ is a two-toned wonder. Bright hot pink outer petals cradle densely-packed fringed creamy-white petals in the center. Sweetly fragrant, they bloom ...

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    Gay Paree Peony Garden Peony Gay Paree Paeonia lactiflora Gay Paree
    $18.65 Sale $13.99
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    Show stopping Peony ‘Gay Paree’ is a two-toned wonder. Bright hot pink outer petals cradle densely-packed fringed creamy-white petals in the center. Sweetly fragrant, they bloom on sturdy stems requiring no staking. This distinctive, open faced Japanese style flower is a refreshing addition to the late spring garden. (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Gay Paree’)
  4. Blue Spruce Sedum, Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce

    This Sedum gets its name from small, blue leaves that resemble the needles of a blue Spruce. Cheerful yellow flowers emerge in the early summer. (Sedum reflexum)...

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    Blue Spruce Sedum Blue Spruce Stonecrop Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This Sedum gets its name from small, blue leaves that resemble the needles of a blue Spruce. Cheerful yellow flowers emerge in the early summer. (Sedum reflexum)
  5. Winterthur Smooth Viburnum with flat-topped clusters of white flowers, Viburnum nudum Winterthur

    A versatile and adaptable native shrub, Winterthur Smooth Viburnum brings dynamic interest to the landscape. In spring, flat-topped clusters of lightly fragrant white blossoms grace ...

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    Winterthur Smooth Viburnum Winterthur Smooth Viburnum Viburnum nudum Winterthur
    As low as $15.99 Sale $13.59
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A versatile and adaptable native shrub, Winterthur Smooth Viburnum brings dynamic interest to the landscape. In spring, flat-topped clusters of lightly fragrant white blossoms grace the plant, drawing pollinators. Flowers are followed by berries that mature from pink to inky blue, providing food for birds. Glossy green foliage turns burgundy red in fall, contrasting beautifully with the berries. (Viburnum nudum)
  6. Red and Yellow Daylily Frans Hals, Hemerocallis, Close Up

    'Frans Hals' Daylily adds a riot of color to the landscape in spring, reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow ...

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    Frans Hals Daylily Daylily Frans Hals Hemerocallis Frans Hals
    $12.65 Sale $9.49
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    'Frans Hals' Daylily adds a riot of color to the landscape in spring, reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow throats, with sunny yellow outer petals, 'Frans Hals' is content with a wide variety of conditions. A spectacular sight when planted in a large group or drift. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. (Hemerocallis)
  7. Butterfly Attracting Plant Collection

    Our Butterfly Buffet Plant Collection of 6 plants includes 4 varieties of native and non-native plants that will offer a season long nectar for butterflies. This bright collection of...

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    Butterfly Buffet Plant Collection Butterfly Buffet Plant Collection
    $47.99 Sale $35.99
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    Our Butterfly Buffet Plant Collection of 6 plants includes 4 varieties of native and non-native plants that will offer a season long nectar for butterflies. This bright collection of floriferous beauties boasts fragrant flower power blooming from early summer to late fall. Includes Hyperion Reblooming Daylily, Starfire Phlox, Anise Hyssop, and Buzz® Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush.
  8. Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Caryopteris

    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ...

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    Longwood Blue Bluebeard Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis Longwood Blue
    $16.65 Sale $12.49
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    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ‘Longwood Blue’ is a taller selection that flowers later than other types, giving you color deep into the season. Striking when mass-planted. (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  9. Red Phlox Starfire, Phlox paniculata, Garden Phlox in the garden

    'Starfire' Phlox is a standout variety with striking, cherry-red flowers and dark burgundy-bronze leaves. Its fragrant, showy blooms attract a variety of pollinators to the garden, i...

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    Starfire Phlox Garden Phlox Starfire Phlox paniculata Starfire
    $8.65 Sale $7.35
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    'Starfire' Phlox is a standout variety with striking, cherry-red flowers and dark burgundy-bronze leaves. Its fragrant, showy blooms attract a variety of pollinators to the garden, including hummingbirds and butterflies. With vibrant color and an enthusiastic tendency to rebloom after deadheading, 'Starfire' makes a great addition to cutting gardens and summer bouquets. Prefers full sun. (Phlox paniculata)
  10. Fragrant Returns Daylily, Close up of Yellow Daylily Flower

    ‘Fragrant Returns’ Daylily blooms again and again with sweetly scented lemon-yellow flowers, adored by butterflies and hummingbirds on blooms from mid-summer to fall. Petals are ...

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    Fragrant Returns Daylily Fragrant Returns Daylily Hemerocallis Fragrant Returns
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    ‘Fragrant Returns’ Daylily blooms again and again with sweetly scented lemon-yellow flowers, adored by butterflies and hummingbirds on blooms from mid-summer to fall. Petals are lightly ruffled along the margin and gracefully curve back. Low-growing ‘Fragrant Returns’ is perfect for containers and the front of borders. These plants stand up to high heat and humidity in full sun to part shade gardens. (Hemerocallis hybrid)
  11. Sunny Days Daylily Collection

    Plant the Sunny Days Daylily Collection for plentiful flowers and effortless summer color. Four Daylily varieties dazzle in a harmonious color palette of sunny yellow, warm pink, and...

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    Sunny Days Daylily Collection Sunny Days Daylily Collection Hemerocallis
    $58.65 Sale $49.85
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    Plant the Sunny Days Daylily Collection for plentiful flowers and effortless summer color. Four Daylily varieties dazzle in a harmonious color palette of sunny yellow, warm pink, and classic orange, paired with attractive arching foliage that fills in the garden all season. Plant along a fence, driveway, patio, or perennial border for a row of cheerful blooms from early summer to early fall. (Hemerocallis)
  12. Purple Re-Blooming Daylily Purple D'Oro, close up of purple petals

    'Purple D'Oro' Reblooming Daylily is a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella D'Oro'. With lavender-purple flowers that delight throughout...

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    Purple D'Oro Reblooming Daylily Reblooming Daylily Purple D'Oro Hemerocallis Purple D'Oro
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
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    'Purple D'Oro' Reblooming Daylily is a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella D'Oro'. With lavender-purple flowers that delight throughout the summer and finish the season strong with a second wave of blooms come fall, 'Purple D'Oro' is an easy care plant that asks little of the gardener. (Hemerocallis)
  13. Red Peony Felix Crousse, Paeonia lactiflora

    An old-fashioned and beloved peony that has been amazing gardeners for generations, 'Felix Crousse' produces magenta-red double blooms with a slight silvery glow. Fragrant flowers ar...

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    Felix Crousse Peony Garden Peony Felix Crousse, Double Peony Paeonia lactiflora Felix Crousse
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    An old-fashioned and beloved peony that has been amazing gardeners for generations, 'Felix Crousse' produces magenta-red double blooms with a slight silvery glow. Fragrant flowers are plentiful on the bush and excellent in bouquets. Introduced from France, 'Felix Crousse' is on the smaller side for a peony, making it a great choice for full-sun border displays. (Paeonia lactiflora)
  14. Anise Hyssop close up of purple flowers with visiting pollinator, Blue Giant Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum

    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and a...

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    Anise Hyssop Anise Hyssop, Blue Giant Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.95
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and an easy-to-grow nature, this is a pollinator powerhouse favored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its leaves make a delicious tea too! Deer and rabbit resistant. (Agastache foeniculum)
  15. Oh Deer Plant Collection

    Our Oh Deer Plant Collection resists deer damage with a fragrant collection of 4 plants they will find unpalatable. While keeping the deer at bay you will enjoy a colorful landscape ...

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    Oh Deer Plant Collection Oh Deer Plant Collection
    $46.65 Sale $34.99
    Per Collection of 4
    Our Oh Deer Plant Collection resists deer damage with a fragrant collection of 4 plants they will find unpalatable. While keeping the deer at bay you will enjoy a colorful landscape of soothing pink and purple hues without having to resort to repellants. This collection features easy to grow Bluebeard and Sensational! Lavender paired with beloved Peony and hardy Sedum.
  16. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
    As low as $9.99 Sale $8.99
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    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
  17. Purple-pink Sedum Neon, Sedum spectabile, Stonecrop

    Stonecrop Neon is a newer hybrid Sedum that covers itself with bright purplish-pink flowers on plants about 18 inches tall. (Sedum spectabile)...

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    Neon Sedum Neon Stonecrop Sedum spectabile Neon
    $8.65 Sale $7.79
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    Stonecrop Neon is a newer hybrid Sedum that covers itself with bright purplish-pink flowers on plants about 18 inches tall. (Sedum spectabile)
  18. Daylily Mary Reed, Hemerocallis

    'Mary Reed' Daylily is a raspberry-colored beauty that boasts a striking green throat and stays open into the evening hours, unlike most daylilies. Extremely easy to grow and spreadi...

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    Mary Reed Daylily Daylily Mary Reed Hemerocallis Mary Reed
    $13.32 Sale $10.66
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    'Mary Reed' Daylily is a raspberry-colored beauty that boasts a striking green throat and stays open into the evening hours, unlike most daylilies. Extremely easy to grow and spreading each year, 'Mary Reed' is a fine addition to any perennial garden and a great choice for naturalizing ditches and banks. Tolerant of poor soils and attractive to butterflies. (Hemerocallis)
  19. Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection

    Our Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection features perennials to brighten your home garden from spring through fall. Drought tolerant Nepeta, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Sedum, an...

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    Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection
    $37.32 Sale $33.59
    Per Collection of 5
    Our Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection features perennials to brighten your home garden from spring through fall. Drought tolerant Nepeta, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Sedum, and Fountain Grass offer low-maintenance beauty, holding their color even in hot, dry soil along driveways and sidewalks. Bold colors and textures attract pollinators and delight garden visitors. Collection of 5 plants.
  20. PowWow White Echinacea growing in garden, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    ‘PowWow White’ Coneflower is a robust echinacea with pristine petals, sturdy stems and neat, tidy foliage. Upright, center cones are eye-catching, transitioning from pale green a...

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    PowWow® White Echinacea Coneflower PowWow® White PAS702918 Echinacea purpurea PowWow® White PAS702918
    $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘PowWow White’ Coneflower is a robust echinacea with pristine petals, sturdy stems and neat, tidy foliage. Upright, center cones are eye-catching, transitioning from pale green at the base to pure gold at each tip. A fast grower, ‘Powow White’ is long-blooming, drought tolerant, and cold hardy once established. A haven for pollinators.
  21. Purple Larkspur or Wild Delphinium, Delphinium tricorne, Photo Credit - Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

    Dwarf Larkspur is a gorgeous native wildflower, with uniquely-shaped, deep-purple blooms. A shorter variety that's perfect for border edges or small-space gardens, Dwarf Larkspur com...

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    Dwarf Larkspur Dwarf Larkspur Delphinium tricorne
    $11.99 Sale $9.59
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    Dwarf Larkspur is a gorgeous native wildflower, with uniquely-shaped, deep-purple blooms. A shorter variety that's perfect for border edges or small-space gardens, Dwarf Larkspur comes into bloom in early to mid spring. Although it draws in a myriad of insects, this plant has a special relationship to both hummingbirds and queen bumblebees, who serve as its only two effective pollinators. (Delphinium tricorne)
  22. Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden

    The Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden will give you a sun-drenched paradise of blooms from spring through fall. Designed for areas with 6-12 hours of sun, this easy-to-grow garden of...

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    Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden
    $117.99 Sale $95.99
    Per Garden of 13 Plants
    The Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden will give you a sun-drenched paradise of blooms from spring through fall. Designed for areas with 6-12 hours of sun, this easy-to-grow garden offers cheerful flower combinations in yellow, purple, pink, and white. includes care instructions and planting map.
  23. Pink Re-Blooming Daylily Strawberry Candy, growing in garden by rock

    A showy summer flower, 'Strawberry Candy' Reblooming Daylily has rose-pink petals with ruffled, picotee edges that surround strawberry-red centers and yellow-green throats. Like all ...

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    Strawberry Candy Reblooming Daylily Reblooming Daylily Strawberry Candy Hemerocallis Strawberry Candy
    $17.32 Sale $14.72
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    A showy summer flower, 'Strawberry Candy' Reblooming Daylily has rose-pink petals with ruffled, picotee edges that surround strawberry-red centers and yellow-green throats. Like all daylilies, 'Strawberry Candy' prefers to make its home in full sun but will tolerate a variety of conditions. Reblooms with enthusiasm in fall. (Hemerocallis)
  24. PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea

    This unique Echinacea produces showy, rose-purple blooms that last throughout the summer, even without deadheading. PowWow Wild Berry puts out more flowers than any other Coneflower ...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea Coneflower PowWow® Wild Berry PAS702917 Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry PAS702917
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This unique Echinacea produces showy, rose-purple blooms that last throughout the summer, even without deadheading. PowWow Wild Berry puts out more flowers than any other Coneflower variety and will attract a variety if pollinators. Sturdy, upright stems make this echinacea a great choice for windy spots and cutting gardens alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
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