Is that nectar nearby that I smell?
Butterflies are drawn to the scent of nectar and the most perfume-like of flowers will bring them nearest. Lilacs, fruit trees, roses and all varieties of daisies will always attract butterflies, but they’ll attract very hungry caterpillars too and, since you can’t have one without the other, insecticides are a definite no-no in the butterfly-friendly garden.
Make your own Butterfly Garden
To create a perfect place for butterfly viewing, choose a sunny spot and use a fragrant shrub like Azalea, Honeysuckle or Hollyhock at the centre. There is even a shrub known as the Butterfly Bush with extravagant cones of purple or scarlet blossoms that can thrive to the size of a small tree that also comes in a dwarf variety.
You might surround the central shrub will taller flowering plants like Dianthus or Day Lilies and create a circle of Bee Balm, Verbena or Lantana around those.
And, if you have hanging baskets of Bougainvillea out for the summer, butterflies like those too
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. ~Jeffrey Glassberg