Perennials                                  Blooming Period

Asters                                                       late summer to fall

Bee Balm-Bergamot                                  summer through fall

Butterfly bush (buddleia)                          mid summer to fall

Butterfly weed                                          summer through fall

Coreopsis                                                 all summer

Hollyhock                                                 summer

Lavender                                                  summer

Lupine                                                      late spring and early summer

Mints                                                        all summer

Passionflower                                           summer to fall

Phlox                                                        all summer

Purple coneflower                                     late summer into fall

Salvia                                                        summer into fall

Shasta daisy                                             summer

Thistles                                                     late spring to fall

Violet                                                        spring

White or Red clover                                  summer

Yarrow                                                      mid to late summer

Biennials                            Blooming Period

Black-eyed-Susan                                     summer to fall

Red Clover                                               summer

Queen Anne's lace                                    late spring through fall

Sweet William                                           spring to early summer

Annuals                              Blooming Period

Alyssum                                                    summer to mid fall

Candy Tuft                                                spring to summer

Common Stock                                         spring to summer

Cornflower                                                summer

Cosmos                                                     late summer to fall

Dianthus                                                    spring to fall

Heliotrope (perennial in South)                  late spring to summer

Impatiens                                                  summer through fall

Lobelia                                                      summer into fall

Marigold                                                    summer into fall

Mexican sunflower                                     summer into fall

Nasturtium                                                late summer

Parsley                                                      green from spring to fall

Sage                                                         summer to fall

Salvia                                                        summer through fall

Scabiosa                                                    summer through fall

Sweet William                                            summer into fall

Verbena                                                     spring to fall

Zinnia                                                        mid-summer to fall

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  Alaska Flowers

  • Indian potato (Hedysarum alpinum)
  • Dame's rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
  • Wild sweet pea (Hedysarum Mackenzii)
  • Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum)
  • Tall Jacob's ladder (Polemonium acutiflorum)
  • Shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
  • Dwarf Jacob's ladder (Polemonium pulcherrimum)
  • California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • Strawberry spinach (Chenopodium capitatum)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Yellow hawkweed (Hieracium scabruisculum)
  • Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon
  • Goldenrod (Solidago multiradiata) strictus)
  • Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis)
  • Wild chamomile (Tripleurospermum)
  • Yarrow (Achillea borealis) inodoratum)
  • Siberian aster (Aster sibiricus)
  • Wild iris (Iris setosa)
  • Arctic lupine (Lupinus arcticus)
  • Arnica (Arnica alpina)

what to plant for a butterfly garden

This information was provided by Rick Mikula a butterfly expert a.k.a. the Grandfather of Butterflies.


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  Here is a list that Hummingbirds and Butterflies will share

  • Butterfly Bush
  • Bee Balm
  • Flowering Tobacco
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Morning Glory
  • Verbena
  • Lupine
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Nasturium 
  • Fox Glove
  • Hibiscus
  • Tulip Tree Popular
  • Lantana
  • Zinnia
  • Hollyhock
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Phlox
  • Sweet William
  • Scarlet Runner bean
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Honeysuckle
  • Azaleas


Trees serve many purposes for butterflies and many of the Swallowtails use them as host plants. They can add structure and aesthetic flow to your design. Can you center your garden around the existing trees provide shade and privacy? Trees are there for a long time and costly to remove later, so think about them before you plant. Willows should not be placed near water pipes. The roots will crush them as they search for water. Willows will also drip all over your car with messy dew that is horrible to remove. Many towns also have shade tree commissions with tons of rule and regulations concerning their plantings. Annuals are one thing, but a tree is going to hang around for a while. So decide and choose them cautiously.

  • Aspen
  • Bottlebrush
  • Cherry
  • Citrus
  • Elms
  • Eucalyptus
  • Hackberry
  • Live Oak
  • Oak
  • Sweet Bay
  • Tulip Popular
  • Willows