A No-Fuss Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

Plant this collection of colorful, easy-care perennials and your yard is sure to be filled with beautiful winged visitors.

If you're looking to plant a low-maintenance garden that will bring lots of pollinators buzzing around your landscape, you'll want to install this design. Tried-and-true favorites, such as catmint, butterfly weed, bee balm, and aster, will produce a ton of color all summer into fall, while providing the nectar, pollen, and seeds that will draw wildlife, including butterflies, bees, and birds. All of these plants thrive in full sun, and keep on blooming through heat, humidity, and drought. Feel free to add a small birdhouse or a water source, like a birdbath, to really roll out the welcome mat for winged visitors and other creatures.

No-Fuss Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan Illustration
Illustration by Gary Palmer

Plants for Creating the Bird and Butterfly Garden Plan

  • 2 Sedum (Sedum 'Vera Jameson'): Zones 4-9
  • 4 Catmint (Nepeta 'Walker's Low'): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Bee balm (Monarda 'Grand Marshall'): Zones 3-9
  • 1 Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'): Zones 3-11
  • 2 Meadow blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis): Zones 3-8
  • 2 Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum 'Blue Fortune'): Zones 4-10
  • 2 New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'): Zones 4-8
  • 2 Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Giant'): Zones 3-9
  • 2 Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'): Zones 3-7

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute others with similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because in certain climates, some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control, before planting always check which species are considered invasive in your area. For example, butterfly bush can become problematic in some parts of the country, so you may instead want to plant similarly sized bluebeard, which also has purplish flowers that draw pollinators.

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