6 Flowering Shrubs To Attract Butterflies

6 Flowering Shrubs To Attract Butterflies

By Garrett Cleverly on November, 8 2019
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Garrett Cleverly

Garrett Cleverly is versed in all native and non native species of plants, trees, succulents, and cacti that grow throughout the southern region. Garrett has a love for gardening and all things outdoors.

6 Flowering Shrubs To Attract ButterfliesCreate a Custom Butterfly Garden in Your Yard

Few things are better than being outside on a beautiful day. Combine that with the majestic beauty of pollinating butterflies, and you have quite a sight to behold. Even with the fall planting season here, it’s never too early to start planning ahead for your perfect spring garden. Shrubs planted now will have enough time to establish themselves before the spring season. Once established, your shrubs can focus on producing bountiful and vibrant blooms of flowers. You, too, can bring butterflies to your landscape with the six great shrubs below.

Six Shrubs for a Butterfly Garden

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Cape Honeysuckle

This drought-tolerant flowering shrub blooms abundantly from the fall through the spring. It is an excellent addition to any desert, or low-water landscape seeking beautiful colors of bright orange trumpet-shaped blooms. The Orange Cape Honeysuckle can be trimmed as medium-to-large bushes or hedges, and are frequently used as vines to cover posts or fences.

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One of the most colorful plants around, the Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and blooms throughout the spring and fall in purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors. In the winter, the Lantana will drop its foliage and then re-leaf in the very early spring. The Lantana is one of the fastest-growing ground covers and is drought tolerant. 

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Autumn Sage

Autumn Sage

This small accent shrub blooms beautiful red, coral or hot pink tubular flowers during the warm months in spring through the fall. This shrub needs protection from the sun and is best used in gardens, pots, rock gardens, and borders. Once established, the Autumn Sage is drought tolerant. 

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Texas Sage

A very hardy shrub for desert landscapes, the Texas Sage produces abundant lavender flowers in cycles that cover the entire shrub from late spring through the fall. The Texas Sage can grow in full sun, is cold hardy, and can be trimmed into shapes and hedges. 

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This drought tolerant shrub performs well in full sun and displays blooms of red, purple, and pink from the spring through the fall. 

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Chaparral Sage

A unique plant, the Chaparral Sage’s round balls of deep purple blooms stack up the bloom stems from spring through the fall. Drought tolerant once established, the Chaparral Sage looks best when planted in well-draining soil. Prune off the bloom spikes as the flowers fade to promote new growth. 

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Visit a Moon Valley Nurseries Location Today

Planting now gives your shrubs a great opportunity to hit the ground running with beautiful blooms in the spring. When you visit one of our Moon Valley Nursery locations be sure to talk to our experts about ways in which you can get your flowering shrubs to bloom to the max and attract scores of butterflies to your landscape with any of our fertilizers. Our experts can help you figure out the best shrubs to plant for your region, your needs, and your dreams!

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