Butterfly Garden
  • Great Nectar source for me and my colorful friends.
  • Color throughout the spring and summer.
  • Easy to grow, low maintenance plants.
  • Butterfly Garden -
    Butterfly Garden
    Soil Requirements
    Average
    Sun/Shade Requirements
    Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
    Sun

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    Cactus, Agave and Yucca

    Medium Perennials

    Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle) Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle)

    Ornamental Grasses

    Low Grasses

    Deschampsia cespitosa (Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass) Deschampsia cespitosa (Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass)

    Medium to Tall Grasses

    Schizachyrium scoparium (Standing Ovation Little Bluestem) Schizachyrium scoparium (Standing Ovation Little Bluestem)
    Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass) Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass)
    Sporobolus heterolepis (Dwarf Prairie Dropseed) Sporobolus heterolepis (Dwarf Prairie Dropseed)
    Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhlygrass) Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhlygrass)
    Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
    Panicum virgatum (Cape Breeze Switchgrass) Panicum virgatum (Cape Breeze Switchgrass)
    Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
    Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)

    Perennials

    Low Perennials

    Bouteloua curtipendula (Side Oats Grama) Bouteloua curtipendula (Side Oats Grama)
    Oenothera speciosa (Mexican Evening Primrose) Oenothera speciosa (Mexican Evening Primrose)
    Coreopsis pubescens (Star Tickseed) Coreopsis pubescens (Star Tickseed)
    Aster divaricatus (Woodland Aster) Aster divaricatus (Woodland Aster)
    Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox) Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox)
    Phlox pilosa (Lavender Cloud Prairie Phlox) Phlox pilosa (Lavender Cloud Prairie Phlox)
    Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat Plant) Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat Plant)
    Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine) Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine)
    Silene caroliniana (Wild Pinks or Catchfly) Silene caroliniana (Wild Pinks or Catchfly)
    Callirhoe involucrata (Wine Cups) Callirhoe involucrata (Wine Cups)
    Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)
    Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry) Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry)
    Phlox subulata (Emerald Blue Moss Phlox) Phlox subulata (Emerald Blue Moss Phlox)
    Chrysogonum virginianum (Superstar Green and Gold) Chrysogonum virginianum (Superstar Green and Gold)
    Salvia lyrata (Lyre-leaved Sage) Salvia lyrata (Lyre-leaved Sage)
    Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-eyed Grass) Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-eyed Grass)
    Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox) Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox)

    Medium Perennials

    Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster)
    Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
    Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill) Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill)
    Boltonia asteroides (White Doll's Daisy) Boltonia asteroides (White Doll's Daisy)
    Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower)
    Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine) Aquilegia canadensis (Wild Columbine)
    Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover) Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
    Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
    Heuchera americana (Green Spice Coral Bells) Heuchera americana (Green Spice Coral Bells)
    Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)
    Gaillardia aristata (Blanketflower) Gaillardia aristata (Blanketflower)
    Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)
    Echinacea pallida (Pale Coneflower) Echinacea pallida (Pale Coneflower)
    Eupatorium coelestinum (Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum) Eupatorium coelestinum (Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum)
    Phlox maculata (Flower Power Summer Phlox) Phlox maculata (Flower Power Summer Phlox)
    Phlox maculata (Natasha Summer Phlox) Phlox maculata (Natasha Summer Phlox)
    Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
    Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)
    Verbena stricta (Hoary Verbena) Verbena stricta (Hoary Verbena)
    Aster novae-angliae (Vibrant Dome New England Aster) Aster novae-angliae (Vibrant Dome New England Aster)
    Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star) Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star)
    Ratibida pinnata (Prairie Coneflower) Ratibida pinnata (Prairie Coneflower)
    Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Tickseed) Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Tickseed)
    Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae (New England Blazing Star) Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae (New England Blazing Star)
    Solidago rugosa (Goldenrod) Solidago rugosa (Goldenrod)
    Geranium maculatum (Wild Spotted Geranium) Geranium maculatum (Wild Spotted Geranium)
    Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
    Aster azureus (Sky Blue Aster) Aster azureus (Sky Blue Aster)

    Medium to Tall Grasses

    Physostegia virginiana (Pink Manners Obedient Plant) Physostegia virginiana (Pink Manners Obedient Plant)

    Medium to Tall Perennials

    Eupatorium dubium (Dwarf Joe Pye Weed) Eupatorium dubium (Dwarf Joe Pye Weed)
    Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
    Asclepias incarnata (Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed) Asclepias incarnata (Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed)
    Aster laevis (Smooth Aster) Aster laevis (Smooth Aster)
    Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant) Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)
    Baptisia australis (Wild Indigo) Baptisia australis (Wild Indigo)
    Phlox paniculata (Jeana Garden Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Jeana Garden Phlox)
    Coreopsis verticillata (Golden Showers Threadleaf Coreopsis) Coreopsis verticillata (Golden Showers Threadleaf Coreopsis)
    Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard) Aruncus dioicus (Goat's Beard)
    Rudbeckia triloba (Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan) Rudbeckia triloba (Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan)
    Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot)
    Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower) Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower)
    Rudbeckia triloba (Three-lobed Coneflower) Rudbeckia triloba (Three-lobed Coneflower)
    Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain or Swamp Verbena) Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain or Swamp Verbena)
    Lupinus perennis (Sundial Wild Lupine) Lupinus perennis (Sundial Wild Lupine)
    Aster ericoides (White Heath Aster) Aster ericoides (White Heath Aster)
    Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root) Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)
    Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox) Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox)
    Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)
    Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem) Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem)
    Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star) Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star)
    Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)

    Medium to Tall Shrubs

    Cassia hebecarpa (Wild Senna) Cassia hebecarpa (Wild Senna)

    Vines

    Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper) Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)
    Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle) Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)

    Trees and Shrubs

    Conifers

    Juniperus virginiana (Silver Eastern Redcedar) Juniperus virginiana (Silver Eastern Redcedar)

    Deciduous Trees

    Amelanchier canadensis (Shadblow) Amelanchier canadensis (Shadblow)
    Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)
    Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac) Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac)
    Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum) Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)
    Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak) Quercus bicolor (Swamp White Oak)
    Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)
    Acer rubrum (Red Maple) Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
    Chionanthus virginicus (Grancy Graybeard) Chionanthus virginicus (Grancy Graybeard)
    Cornus racemosa (Gray Dogwood) Cornus racemosa (Gray Dogwood)
    Betula nigra (River Birch) Betula nigra (River Birch)

    Medium to Tall Perennials

    Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood) Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood)

    Medium to Tall Shrubs

    Rhus copallinum (Shining Sumac)
    Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo Bush) Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo Bush)
    Rhus glabra (Smooth Sumac) Rhus glabra (Smooth Sumac)
    Spiraea alba var. latifolia (Meadowsweet)
    Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides (Witherod Viburnum)
    Rhododendron arborescens (Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea)
    Rhododendron atlanticum (Coastal Azalea, Dwarf Azalea)
    Rhododendron calendulaceum (Flame Azalea)
    Rhododendron canescens (Piedmont Azalea, Florida Pinxter Azalea)
    Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood) Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood)
    Rhus aromatica (Fragrant Sumac) Rhus aromatica (Fragrant Sumac)
    Rhododendron carolinianum (Carolina Rhododendron)
    Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw Viburnum) Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw Viburnum)
    Rhododendron catawbiense (Catawba Rhododendron)
    Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry Viburnum) Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry Viburnum)
    Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire) Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)
    Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) Lindera benzoin (Spicebush)
    Salix discolor (Pussy Willow) Salix discolor (Pussy Willow)
    Rubus odoratus (Flowering Raspberry) Rubus odoratus (Flowering Raspberry)
    Diervilla lonicera (Copper Low Bush Honeysuckle) Diervilla lonicera (Copper Low Bush Honeysuckle)
    Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry) Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry)
    Spiraea tomentosa (Steeplebush) Spiraea tomentosa (Steeplebush)
    Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry) Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)
    Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush) Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush)
    Clethra alnifolia (Summer Sweet Bush) Clethra alnifolia (Summer Sweet Bush)
    Cornus sericea (Red-Osier Dogwood) Cornus sericea (Red-Osier Dogwood)
    Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea) Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)
    Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry) Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)
    Symphoricarpos albus (Common snowberry) Symphoricarpos albus (Common snowberry)
    Clethra alnifolia (Ruby Spice Summer Sweet) Clethra alnifolia (Ruby Spice Summer Sweet)
    Clethra alnifolia (Hummingbird Summer Sweet) Clethra alnifolia (Hummingbird Summer Sweet)
    Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum) Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum)
    Cornus sericea (syn. Cornus stolonifera)
    Ilex verticillata (Red Sprite Winterberry)
    Physocarpus opulifolius (Atlantic Ninebark)

    Small Shrubs

    Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry) Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)
    Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Common Bearberry) Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Common Bearberry)
    Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil) Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil)
    Diervilla lonicera (Low Bush Honeysuckle) Diervilla lonicera (Low Bush Honeysuckle)
    Potentilla fruticosa (Setting Sun Shrubby Cinquefoil) Potentilla fruticosa (Setting Sun Shrubby Cinquefoil)
    Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry) Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)
    Rhus aromatica (Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac) Rhus aromatica (Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac)
    Potentilla tridentata (Three-toothed Cinquefoil) Potentilla tridentata (Three-toothed Cinquefoil)

    Vines

    Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe)
    Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle) Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)