Attracting butterflies to your garden adds an extra dimension to the landscape. Not only do you have the enjoyment of watching these delightful insects, but they will aid pollination of your flowers and trees. And while you watch the monarchs you can marvel at their amazing long distance migration pattern. I found an article by Amanda over on the American Meadows website in which she describes the seven best wildflowers to attract monarchs to your garden.
Who doesn?t love a visit to the garden from a colorful Monarch? These creatures not only provide amusement for the gardener, but also offer essential pollination to the garden and ecosystem. We?ve put together the best wildflower varieties for attracting (and feeding) Monarchs in the garden all season long.
Milkweed is commonly associated with Monarch butterflies and it sure is a magnet for these species! Try planting Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, Whorled Milkweed or Swamp Milkweed this fall for a butterfly buffet in your garden next season. Shop all varieties of Milkweed for fall planting here.
Learn all about growing Milkweed in our blog here.
Joe Pye Weed
Growing as tall as 5 or even 6 ft., Joe Pye Weed blooms with big hydrangea-like lavender blooms on the top of strong stems in the late summer into fall. Usually seen wild on the East Coast, this Monarch favorite loves sunny, wet spots in the garden.
This native perennial is easy to grow and adaptable, illuminating the late season garden. The colorful, bright yellow blooms are magnets for butterflies, especially Monarchs.
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