Butterfly Gardens and Happiness

butterfly garden by Jan Johnsen
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

And this is why a butterfly garden should be in everyone's life.  In the photo above, I planted 'Lucky White' Lantana and purple Callibrachoa to attract the summer butterflies....they love lantana!

Also perennial coneflowers, agastache, bee balm, and many more are butterfly attractors.  These all have nectar, a butterfly's delight. So if you have a sunny open spot, some shelter from wind and fresh water (butterfly puddles) then plant some butterfly flowers and enjoy a bit of happiness.

I have to run off to work but I did want to leave you with a wonderful butterfly garden plant list from the Farmer's Almanac

Common NameLatin Name
AlliumAllium
AsterAster
Bee balmMonarda
Butterfly bushBuddleia
CatmintNepeta
Clove PinkDianthus
CornflowerCentaurea
DaylilyHemerocallis
False indigoBaptisia
FleabaneErigeron
Floss flowerAgeratum
Globe thistleEchinops
GoldenrodSolidago
Helen's flowerHelenium
HollyhockAlcea
LavenderLavendula
LilacSyringa
LupineLupinus
LychnisLychnis
MallowMalva
MilkweedAsclepias
MintMentha
PansyViola
PhloxPhlox
PrivetLigustrum
Purple coneflowerEchinacea
Rock cressArabis
SageSalvia
Sea hollyEryngium
Shasta daisyChrysanthemum
SnapdragonAntirrhinum
StonecropSedum
Sweet alyssumLobularia
Sweet rocketHesperis
TickseedCoreopsis
ZinniaZinnia








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  1. How beautiful, I love butterflies!

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  2. In my view every garden should be a butterfly magnet cause without them a garden is not complete.

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  3. So important to use the right plants to encourage butterflies....

    Gardens beauty, tranquil .....once you've done the hard work of digging, weeding, planting but the rewards are so worth it.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks! and I agree wholeheartedly!

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