Attracting butterflies

Attracting butterflies

While we were in Maine last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. There were all sorts of interesting areas of the garden to explore: a woodland garden, the garden of the five senses, a rose and perennial garden, kitchen garden and children’s garden just to name a few.

In one area of the children’s garden was a butterfly garden, or rather a pathway surrounded by all sorts of blooming flowers that attract butterflies. There were migrating Monarch butterflies flitting about and boy did they love that garden!

In addition to plants like ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum and Bee Balm, the plant they most seemed to like was Tithonia or Mexican sunflower. Perhaps you’ve seen the seeds offered in catalogs before and wondered if you should grow them?

Well, I’m hear to tell you that the small, bright orange sunflowers are going into our garden next year! They put on quite a show and it was so thrilling to see all of the butterflies on the flowers! I realize we have different types of butterflies here in the Inland Northwest but they’re just as exciting to watch, right?

Update: It’s now Tuesday afternoon and what should I see floating around my zinnias but a Monarch butterfly! How cool is that? It must’ve seen my earlier post and decided it wanted to stop for a quick refueling while on its migration route.