Attract Butterflies with Perennial Flowers

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  1. White Anemone Whirlwind, Anemone hybrida, Windflower

    Whirlwind’s pure white, satiny flowers are offset by green and yellow centers. This vigorous deer resistant grower attracts butterflies and illuminates the garden from late summer ...

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    Anemone Whirlwind Windflower Anemone hybrida
    $15.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Whirlwind’s pure white, satiny flowers are offset by green and yellow centers. This vigorous deer resistant grower attracts butterflies and illuminates the garden from late summer into the fall. (Anemone hybrida)
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  2. Yellow Helenium Sombrero, Sneezeweed flowers

    A compact perennial terrific for sunny native meadows and pollinator gardens as well as informal cottage gardens, ‘Sombrero’ helenium (aka sneezeweed) brings bright yellow color ...

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    Mariachi™ Sombrero Helenium Mariachi® Sombrero Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Mariachi® Sombrero
    $19.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A compact perennial terrific for sunny native meadows and pollinator gardens as well as informal cottage gardens, ‘Sombrero’ helenium (aka sneezeweed) brings bright yellow color to late summer and early autumn. The flower petals surround a prominent yellow cone and are held above deep green foliage for several weeks. Great cut flower. Deer resistant. (Helenium autumnale)
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  3. Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush, Buddleia

    'Pink Micro Chip' is a miniature Butterfly Bush with vivid, purple-pink flowers that appear in abundance from early summer until frost. Incredibly fragrant and nectar-rich, this peti...

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    Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold® Series Pink Micro Chip PP#26547 Buddleia Lo & Behold® Series Pink Micro Chip PP#26547
    $29.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Pink Micro Chip' is a miniature Butterfly Bush with vivid, purple-pink flowers that appear in abundance from early summer until frost. Incredibly fragrant and nectar-rich, this petite plant is highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Well suited to containers and small spaces, be sure to site your butterfly bush in full sun for strong growth. 'Pink Micro Chip' is non-invasive and does not need to be deadheaded to encourage more blooms. (Buddleia)
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  4. American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan

    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breedin...

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    American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 Rudbeckia American Gold Rush PP#28498
    $22.50
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breeding and a slightly smaller stature. Their deep green, narrow foliage will stay fresh and beautiful throughout the season, even in humid areas. 'American Gold Rush' blooms heavily from mid-summer through early fall. Rich ochre blooms are a pollinator favorite in a sunny garden or meadow. (Rudbeckia)
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  5. Red and Yellow Daylily Frans Hals, Hemerocallis, Close Up

    'Frans Hals' Daylily adds a riot of color to the landscape in spring, reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow ...

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    Frans Hals Daylily Daylily Frans Hals Hemerocallis Frans Hals
    $15.98
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    'Frans Hals' Daylily adds a riot of color to the landscape in spring, reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow throats, with sunny yellow outer petals, 'Frans Hals' is content with a wide variety of conditions. A spectacular sight when planted in a large group or drift. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. (Hemerocallis)
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  6. Echinacea Double Scoop Orangeberry, Coneflower

    Double Scoop Orangeberry coneflower adds fiery, non-fading color to any sunny garden. Brilliant red-orange petals surround a thick, berry-colored center cushion that will hold its sh...

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    Double Scoop® Orangeberry Echinacea Coneflower Double Scoop® Orangeberry PP#23145 Echinacea Double Scoop® Orangeberry PP#23145
    $29.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Double Scoop Orangeberry coneflower adds fiery, non-fading color to any sunny garden. Brilliant red-orange petals surround a thick, berry-colored center cushion that will hold its shape through winter. This echinacea forms multiple branches on compact plants. Deadhead spent blooms to promote the next round of budding. (Echinacea)
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  7. Blue Cardinal Flower, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
    Per Plant - 2" Pot
    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
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  8. Mariachi™ 'Siesta' Helenium

    Mariachi™ 'Siesta' Helenium PP#25,969 has got it all--excellent hardiness, hot color, and compact size! Compact 'Siesta' is from the new Mariachi™ series of colorful Sneezeweeds,...

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    Mariachi™ Siesta Helenium Mariachi™ Siesta Helen's Flower PP#25,969 Helenium Mariachi™ Siesta PP#25,969
    $19.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Mariachi™ 'Siesta' Helenium PP#25,969 has got it all--excellent hardiness, hot color, and compact size! Compact 'Siesta' is from the new Mariachi™ series of colorful Sneezeweeds, and boasts fascinating cone centers of maroon and gold surrounded by petals in bright bluish red. Sometimes called Helen Flower or Sneezeweed, it's covered in blooms from summer to fall. 'Siesta' should be planted in a well-drained sunny soil with average fertility. A pollinator favorite. (Helenium)
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  9. Aster Purple Dome

    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, mak...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster New England Aster Purple Dome Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, making it a great choice for containers, borders and small-space gardens. 'Purple Dome' bursts into bloom in the late summer, providing much-needed color and vital nectar for pollinators right when much of the garden has finished for the season. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  10. Orange and Yellow Helenium Mardi Gras, Sneezeweed

    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium i...

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    Mardi Gras Helenium Sneezeweed Mardi Grass PP#15124 Helenium Mardi Gras PP#15124
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium is deer resistant and can be planted both in the garden and in containers. A butterfly favorite that blooms from summer through fall. (Helenium) PP#15124
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  11. Purple Veronica First Glory, Veronica longifolia, Speedwell

    'First Glory' Veronica is a deep-blue spiked flower that adds intriguing texture and color to the early summer garden. Tight, bright-green growing tips contrast beautifully against t...

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    First Glory Veronica Speedwell First Glory PP#23294 Veronica longifolia First Glory PP#23294
    $13.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'First Glory' Veronica is a deep-blue spiked flower that adds intriguing texture and color to the early summer garden. Tight, bright-green growing tips contrast beautifully against the developing ultramarine flowers - a real head-turner! Becoming only 12-18" tall, 'First Glory' has a compact growth habit and makes a perfect addition to borders and small-space gardens. PPAF (Veronica)
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  12. Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage

    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the lan...

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    Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage PP#29281 Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Jean Baby PP#29281
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the landscape. Gray-green foliage has a piney, sage-like scent and contrasts perfectly with those pollinator-attracting blooms – and it's highly deer resistant. Sunny, well-drained soils. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  13. Lipstick Lychnis

    Huge, lipstick-red blooms are offset by bronze foliage on this drought-tolerant beauty. Lychnis Lipstick will grow to be about 48” tall and is deer resistant. (Lychnis) ...

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    Lipstick Lychnis Maltese Cross Lychnis
    $16.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Huge, lipstick-red blooms are offset by bronze foliage on this drought-tolerant beauty. Lychnis Lipstick will grow to be about 48” tall and is deer resistant. (Lychnis)
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  14. Pink Sedum Autumn Joy, Sedum, Stonecrop

    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succu...

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    Autumn Joy Sedum Stonecrop Autumn Joy Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy
    $9.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succulent foliage that pairs well with ornamental grasses and against the deep-green leaves of summer perennials. Easy to care for, very adaptable, and a popular stand-in for shrubs, this sedum lasts and lasts when other plants begin to wane. (Stonecrop)
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  15. Purple Russian Sage Little Spire, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage

    Love the lavender-blue flower spikes of Russian Sage, but don’t have the space? 'Little Spire' is the perfect choice for a border or small-space garden, growing to be only 24” ta...

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    Little Spire Russian Sage Dwarf Russian Sage Little Spire PP#11643 Perovskia atriplicifolia Little Spire PP#11643
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Love the lavender-blue flower spikes of Russian Sage, but don’t have the space? 'Little Spire' is the perfect choice for a border or small-space garden, growing to be only 24” tall. A tidy plant that won't flop over, this variety is hardy and extremely easy to grow. PP# 11643 (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  16. Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Caryopteris, Photo Credit - MGarr

    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ...

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    Longwood Blue Bluebeard Bluebeard Longwood Blue, Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis Longwood Blue
    $24.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bluebeard, sometimes called “Blue Mist Shrub” for its clouds of blue flowers borne along upright stems, is a late summer showstopper. Butterflies love drinking from the blooms. ‘Longwood Blue’ is a taller selection that flowers later than other types, giving you color deep into the season. Striking when mass-planted. (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
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  17. KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster, Aster novae-angliae, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a t...

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    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster Aster novae-angliae
    $12.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a time, providing a rich source of nectar for pollinators. This low-maintenance marvel maintains a tight, bushy habit without cutting back. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  18. Purple Re-Blooming Daylily Purple D'Oro, Hemerocallis, Re-Blooming Daylily

    'Purple D'Oro' Reblooming Daylily is a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella D'Oro'. With lavender-purple flowers that delight throughout...

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    Purple D'Oro Reblooming Daylily Reblooming Daylily Purple D'Oro Hemerocallis Purple D'Oro
    $24.98
    Per Bag of 3
    'Purple D'Oro' Reblooming Daylily is a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella D'Oro'. With lavender-purple flowers that delight throughout the summer and finish the season strong with a second wave of blooms come fall, 'Purple D'Oro' is an easy care plant that asks little of the gardener. (Hemerocallis)
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  19. Caradonna Meadow Sage, Salvia Caradonna

    'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with ...

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    Caradonna Meadow Sage Meadow Sage Caradonna Salvia nemorosa Caradonna
    $10.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with blooms that last throughout the season. A true heat lover, its color will remain vibrant even in full sun. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  20. Purple Lavender Superblue, Lavandula angustifolia

    SuperBlue' is a compact and fragrant Lavender plant that tops out at 12", making it a perfect choice for edging walkways and setting into patio containers. This English Lavender...

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    SuperBlue English Lavender English Lavender SuperBlue PP#24929 Lavandula angustifolia SuperBlue PP#24929
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    SuperBlue' is a compact and fragrant Lavender plant that tops out at 12", making it a perfect choice for edging walkways and setting into patio containers. This English Lavender is fairly tough, withstanding drought and overwintering reliably in all but the coldest zones. Rich and saturated, 'SuperBlue' produces blooms that are tighter together, delivering more color and fewer airy gaps. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  21. Lavender Munstead, Lavandula angustifolia Close Up

    'Munstead' Lavender is an English Lavender that has fragrant, cool lavender-blue spikes and gray-green, mounded foliage. You can tuck this lavender into your herb garden, but we lov...

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    Munstead English Lavender English Lavender Munstead Lavandula angustifolia Munstead
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Munstead' Lavender is an English Lavender that has fragrant, cool lavender-blue spikes and gray-green, mounded foliage. You can tuck this lavender into your herb garden, but we love it planted with other colorful perennials in borders, planted in a massive swath where it can sway in the breeze, or set in a pot on the patio where you can enjoy its pleasant scent. Excellent in fresh or dried bouquets. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  22. Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, Photo Credit Darlene Williams

    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms...

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    Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed Swamp Milkweed Ice Ballet Asclepias incarnata Ice Ballet
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms also attract and support a crowd of other pollinators. While many Swamp Milkweeds make their homes in wetlands, 'Ice Ballet' thrives in drier soils. (Asclepias incarnata)
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  23. Butterfly Bush Buzz Series Ivory PP23,464, Buddleia davidii, Photo Credit Ptelea

    Buzz Ivory Butterfly Bush is a prolific bloomer, loaded with fragrant ivory spikes and generous foliage. Compact in size, Buzz Ivory grows to only 3 - 5 feet and is perfect for conta...

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    Buzz® Ivory Butterfly Bush Buzz® Ivory Butterfly Bush Buddleia Buzz® Ivory
    $14.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Buzz Ivory Butterfly Bush is a prolific bloomer, loaded with fragrant ivory spikes and generous foliage. Compact in size, Buzz Ivory grows to only 3 - 5 feet and is perfect for containers, small-space gardens and patio plantings. It's also a great choice for disguising your foundation or creating a secondary layer of color between taller background shrubs and perennial plantings. Placed in full sun, this butterfly bush will bloom from spring through fall. (Buddleia davidii)
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  24. American Dream' Coreopsis

    American Dream' Coreopsis has quartz-pink petals around sunny yellow centers, a dusty pink complement to the traditionally hot colors of coreopsis. Threadlike lime green foliage is t...

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    American Dream Coreopsis! American Dream Tickseed Coreopsis rosea American Dream
    $12.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Dream' Coreopsis has quartz-pink petals around sunny yellow centers, a dusty pink complement to the traditionally hot colors of coreopsis. Threadlike lime green foliage is topped with bountiful daisy-like flowers in midsummer. 'American Dream' is a low-growing cultivar that spreads well in the garden, particularly in average soils with low fertility. An excellent North American native to attract butterflies to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Coreopsis rosea). test change here.
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Attract Butterflies with Perennial Flowers

Draw butterflies to the garden with nectar-rich flowers

To see scads of dancing butterflies visiting your garden, you'll want to add nectar-rich flowers with open petals, and short tubular blooms - perfect fits for the long, skinny "probosci" they use to suck up nectar. You'll also want to be sure that you've planted flowers with a range of bloom times, from early spring through fall, to keep hungry butterflies fed throughout the season. Because butterflies are most active in full sun, most of their favorite blooms are also great fits for sunny sites.

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