Costa Farms Recommends Perennials for Summer Butterfly Gardening

Include Guara ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ in your borders or containers and butterflies will be sure to stop by.

Choose flowers with bright blooms and sweet scents to add sensory appeal to your landscape.

A perennial garden that returns with vigor every year to welcome butterflies and other pollinators is a gardener’s dream. Designing and creating a low-maintenance garden that’s filled with life and brings joy for years can be easier to add than people think.

“There are so many beautiful flowering perennials that attract pollinators to select from,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “Choose flowers with bright blooms and sweet scents to add sensory appeal to your landscape.”

Even a small garden can make a big impact once it becomes pollinator-friendly. Hancock recommends these five top perennials to add dramatic color and create a haven for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

1. Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ and ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’

Coneflower, also called Echinacea, is a favorite of butterflies and a native of North America. Loved for its nectar-rich blooms, coneflower is easy to grow and drought-resistant. Try newer award-winning varieties such as ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ and ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’. These plants generally grow three feet tall and bloom from early summer through fall. They also make excellent cut flowers.

2. Gaura ‘Belleza Dark Pink’

Include Guara ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ in your borders or containers and butterflies will be sure to stop by. This sun-loving plant is drought-tolerant and blooms all summer long. Plus, it’s also deer-resistant. Guara grows two to three feet tall and is hardy in zones 5-9. Note: Guara can be grown as an annual in colder regions.

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