I love to watch butterflies. I like to grow flowers that attract these lovely creatures. You can observe them up-close, too, when you grow flowers. On a windowsill, patio or deck as well as in a flower bed, you can easily grow a few flowers that will attract butterflies and small birds just outside your window. Flowers that butterflies like are surprisingly easy to grow. Here are five of my top favorite flowers for butterflies and small birds like finches:
Butterfly bush – This vigorous bush puts out lovely blooms and keeps on blooming for weeks. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the purple bunches of flowers that bloom in small cone-shaped bouquets. The bush grows rapidly and will look lanky if not trimmed to the size and shape desired every fall after blooming has finished.
Butterfly Weed – The perennial flowers are bright orange on this plant. The little blossoms bloom in bunches for a profusion of color. Butterflies cannot keep away from Butterfly Weed, and they are constantly lighting on it during the warm and sunny hours of the day.
Coneflower – Also known as Echinacea, the perennial coneflower is related to Black-eyed Susans. These little flowers originally had light purple petals around a brown cone of seeds. However although many of them still have this color, hybrids are found in shades like orange, white and yellow.
Daisies – These sweet and simple flowers are popular with people and butterflies. In the Shasta Daisy variety, white petals surround a yellow center. Shasta daisies are perennial and return to spread their cheer summer after summer.
Zinnia – For fresh flowers that last a long time after cutting, zinnias make an old fashioned bouquet. Annual flowers, they often re-seed themselves because their seeds are so easy to propagate. They come in many colors and are found in tall as well as short varieties for border plants or small pots.
Happy Flowers, Thriving and Attracting
In order to have happy flowers that thrive, I have found that the size of the container in which I plant them is important. Reading and following the indications and instructions for the growth needs of each type of flower makes a huge difference in how many blooms the plants produce as well as how healthy the plants are. Most flowers that butterflies like best need large pots or raised beds if they are not grown directly in the ground soil. Zinnias and some others do come in small and short varieties that work well in smaller window boxes and containers.
Fluttering butterflies, flowers and tiny birds like finches and hummingbirds bring such joy during the heat of summer. I love to see them every year in my yard. You can attract them, too, even if you only have a patio or window sill!
More information on flowers to grow that butterflies and even small birds like finches enjoy: