If you like lively gardens full of fluttering butterfly wings, then be strategic in choosing perennial plants that attract butterflies for a beautiful Vail gardening effect. Butterfly gardening, simply put, involves growing plants that attract butterflies. Butterflies are attracted to fragrant and brightly colored plants, and they feed on the nectar that these plants produce. In the process, butterflies act as pollinators when they travel from one plant to the next. Pollination results in further development of plants, and many plants depend on butterflies for these benefits.
Butterflies are often attracted to native plants, which is another good thing for the Vail area. Native plants are often the most environmentally responsible plants to cultivate, as they are suited to the environment that’s already here and usually require less watering. In this way, planting waterwise plants that butterflies also love just happens to be one way to conserve water, a valuable natural resource.
Butterflies are sensitive to pesticides and insecticides, so if you want to attract butterflies, stay away from using these products on your plants. An in the process, you’ll notice that you’re also creating a safe haven for other insects and spiders, who also benefit from a pesticide-free habitat. The work that you do to attract butterflies to your plants can also draw in beneficial species such as ladybugs, which are known to deter pests that are harmful to edible plants.
Now that you know about some of the amazing benefits butterflies will bring to your garden with their lively presence, how can you attract them?
Here are just a few suggestions of perennials that will attract these beautiful creatures to your Vail gardens and landscapes:
HOLLYHOCK – tall and colorful, late-season bloomers
Alcea rosea, ‘Spotlight Sunshine’–Hollyhock; yellow flowers
Alcea rosea ‘Spotlight Radiant Rose’–Hollyhock; pink flowers
CONEFLOWER – waterwise plant, late-summer bloomers
Echinacea ‘Magnus’–Coneflower; pink flowers
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’–Coneflower; red-orange double flowers
HYSSOP – herbaceous plant, nice scent and color
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’–Hyssop; blue flowers
BLACK-EYED SUSAN – classic yellow flowers with dark centers
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’-Black-eyed Susan; yellow flowers
SALVIA – waterwise, deer-resistant, and herbaceous
Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’–Salvia; purple flowers
Hollyhocks and Echinacea are currently in bloom here at Wildflower Farm, so they’ll make a colorful addition to gardens right now. Plus, all of the above plants are perennials, which means that they’ll come back next summer with proper care and continue to attract butterflies for many seasons to come.
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