- Author: Tammy Majcherek
In honor of 'National Learn About Butterflies Day' why not plant a few varieties that will attract and provide nectar for those colorful pollinators that dance among the garden amusing those of all ages. You don't need much space, in a couple of pots placed on a patio will do. A few suggestions include:
Zinnias and sunflowers, violets, cosmos, columbine, coreopsis, geranium, geum, impatiens, hollyhock, yarrow, lantana, nasturtiums, monarda, verbena, sweet alyssum, wild buckwheat, wall flower (Erysimum) and herbs such as sages, rosemary, lavender and chives. Common shrubs attractive to butterflies include: ceanothus, buddleia, lilac, Manzanita, rhododendron, and members of the rose famly.
To learn more about butterflies and other pollinators, download the free PDF 'How to Attract and Maintain Pollinators in Your Garden' go to http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details.aspx?itemNo=8498