Here are my favorite varieties of these plants:
Check out more information about what plants to include in your butterfly garden.
The diameter of this circular island bed is about 9 feet. The plants in this butterfly garden design will bloom from July through October.
If you would like some earlier flowers, add some annuals such as Pentas, Heliotrope, Lantana, Scabiosa or perennial Allium or Chives.
The links in the upper left hand side of this page go into more detail on butterfly gardening, Milkweed and Raising Monarchs and Swallowtails. There are specific pages on
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Butterfly Garden Design Seed Kits
Here are seed Butterfly Garden Kits for purchase which include some of the best flowers to create a butterfly garden.
Butterfly Garden Seed Packages
PLEASE NOTE: I have started these flowers from seed myself. The Tropical Milkweed, Zinnia elegans and Zinnia lilliput are easy to start from seed and grow quickly. The perennial seeds are much slower to grow. The Swamp Milkweed seeds need to be refrigerated for 1 month first or sown in the ground in the fall. Here is the best method for starting seeds that I have found.
The Swamp Milkweed, an excellent nectar plant to use in Butterfly Garden Plans, is also host plant for the Monarch butterfly. The Parsley and Rue are host plants for the Black Swallowtail butterfly.
Monarchs are found throughout U.S. and Canada. Black Swallowtail butterflies are found East of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Southern Canada.
Here are some other options for Swallowtail host plants if you live in other areas of the U.S. and Canada:
Enjoy the added activity with this butterfly garden plan. Try raising an egg or caterpillar found on the host plants. Raising butterflies is a fascinating hobby!
Joe Pye Weed (upper left) Aster (bottom right) Bee Balm (behind Aster)