butterfly visits a Yarrow plant

All of our perennials are at their height of beauty. No wonder that June is Perennial Gardening Month! Right now Al's has the biggest selection and most varieties of perennials than any other time of year. This week we wanted to share with you perennials that are particularly good at attracting our beautiful pollinator friends - the butterflies.

YarrowYarrow (Achillea)

Yarrow

Yarrow is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Yarrow grows up to 9800 feet above sea level. Many varieties of Yarrow blooms from May through late summer, and is a frequent component in butterfly gardens. Common yarrow is frequently found in grasslands and open forests. Native Americans even had many medicinal uses for the plant, including pain relief, and fever reduction. This plant is extremely easy to grow!

Coreopsis

CoreopsisCoreopsis (Tickseed)

Coreopsis may be just what you need if you’re looking for lasting summer color after most other perennial flowers have faded from the garden. It's easy to learn how to care for coreopsis flowers, commonly called tickseed, and once you’ve learned how to grow coreopsis you’ll appreciate their sunny blooms throughout the gardening season. A great perennial for a sunny garden, it will bloom late spring to fall. Coreopsis is a member of the Asteraceae family, and their blooms are similar to those of the daisy. Colors of petals include red, pink, white and yellow. Many varieties even have dark brown or maroon centers, which makes for a really interesting contrast in the petals.

GaillardiaGaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Gaillardia

Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, is an easy to grow and richly colored, daisy-like flower. There are over two dozen species of Gaillardia and most are native to some area of North America. Gaillardia blooms in early to mid summer, and forms a slowly spreading mound. Their common name may be referring to how they can slowly spread and "blanket" an area; the flower can reseed and sprawl through the garden!

Tips for Success
  • All of these perennials are drought tolerant after being planted for 1 year in the garden.
  • Use compost to provide good drainage, and top dress with mulch to help retain moisture.
  • Remove spent flowers for more blooms.
  • The plants are all deer-resistant, too!

Shasta Daisy

Shasta Daisies, or Leucanthemum, includes more than 30 species grown for their beautiful blooms, often gleaming white with yellow centers. Blooming from spring to fall and growing from just several inches to a few feet, there is a Shasta Daisy for almost any garden situation. Grow them in borders, alpine beds, rock gardens, or cut flower gardens. These daisies enjoy full sun or part shade and moist but well-drained soil that is moderately fertile. Alpine species need full sun and excellent drainage. Please remember to provide some support to the taller species.

Shasta DaisyShasta Daisy (Leucanthemum)

Needless to say, when you plant and care for these perennials, they'll return year after year. And that is sure to make your garden Pollinator Preferred garden a perennial favorite for butterflies and other pollinators alike!