One of the things that makes gardening such a pleasure in summer is the sight of butterflies fluttering through the air as you weed, dig and hoe. They are a friend to the gardener as they pollinate plants and eat pests like insects that would otherwise damage your flowers and plants.
There are certain herbs that attract butterflies so by planting these you will not only be growing a tasty ingredient for summer dishes and salads but also helping to populate your garden with one of nature's loveliest creatures. And, even better, the same herbs that attract butterflies are also a magnet for hummingbirds and bees.
When thinking about herbs that attract butterflies, bear in mind that you don't necessarily need a large garden. Even in a small garden, you can plant herbs that attract butterflies in pots. And remember, by planting herbs that attract butterflies you are not only growing a tasty foodstuff and inviting a beautiful and horticulturally useful visitor into your garden but also making it more attractive given the pretty flowers displayed by many of these herbs.
So what are the herbs that attract butterflies?
The list of herbs that attract butterflies is a long one and it is best to experiment with a few at the same time to see what grows best in your garden . However, all the following have been reported as being successful in luring our fluttering friends to your herb patch or pot : Bee Balm, Dill, Lavender, in particular English Lavender, Parsley, Yarrow, Borage, Catnip, Catmint, Chives, Coneflower, Fennel, Bronze Fennel, Lobelia, Hyssop, Blue Hyssop, Rue Nettles, Plantain, Oregano, Verbena, Caraway-scented Thyme, Sassafras, Winter Savoury, Mint and Sage.
There are many other advantages of these apart from them being herbs that attract butterflies and make your garden look beautiful. The lovely smell which attracts birds, bees and butterflies will fill your garden with an alluring scent, whether of mint, lavender or sage. An added bonus is that many of them also form the basis of herbal teas and remedies, just the thing after a hard day's gardening.