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Discover These Bee and Butterfly Friendly Perennials

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Devon Metcalfe

Bees and butterflies are welcome guests to any garden, especially during the summertime. However, sometimes it can be hard to attract them when you’re not planting the flowers they love. Wildlife and insects are vital for a healthy, thriving garden. To guarantee a glimpse of your favourite insects, here are some bee and butterfly friendly perennials and plants:



Cranesbill flowers are part of the geranium family. Bees love them because they love blue and purple plants! They’re relatively easy to grow and require little maintenance to ensure they’re blooming beautifully year after year. Plant in a flower bed or on their own, just make sure you’re also planting them next to other flowers that won’t deter bees and butterflies.


Chives aren’t just a delicious addition to your meals, they’re also wonderful for attracting bees! Because they require low maintenance, you’ll be able to leave them to grow on their own. They prefer sunny spots but are able to tolerate shadier areas. Plant them as a flowerbed border to enjoy these ornamental flowers best.

Chive plants with purple flowers are bee and butterfly friendly perennials


Before you consider cutting down your wildflowers, remember that they are often bee and butterfly friendly perennials. Just like with any meadow, wildflowers can grow rapidly so should be looked after carefully. You can even explore your local garden centre for seed mixes of the specific wildflowers that most attract bees and butterflies.

wildflowers growing in field

Butterfly Bush

A butterfly bush, also known as buddleia, is as you’d expect, perfect for attracting butterflies. The aromatic and attractive flowers are like a magnet for butterflies in the summer who like to feed on it. These shrubs are easy to grow but do check the variety as some can grow up to 5 metres! They need a fair amount of space to truly flourish, so they’re not best suited for smaller gardens.

butterfly feeding on butterfly bush


When looking for bee and butterfly friendly perennials, it’s best to concentrate on plants that are easy to maintain. Cotoneaster shrubs are ideal as they’re small succulent flowers attract bees, but they don’t require too much work. There are lots of different types of Cotoneaster, so find one that best suits the size and shape of your garden.

Cotoneaster plant with bee


Lavender’s strong and inciting scent is hard to miss for humans, so imagine how attractive it can be to bees and butterflies. The only downside is that growing lavender can be tricky, because they like sunny, dry weather. If your garden is cold or often experiences rain, then lavender probably isn’t the best option. However, if you can successfully grow lavender, enjoy watching an abundance of butterflies and bees make their way into your garden!

Lavender plant in field

Bee Balm

Just as the name suggests, bee balm, also known as monarda, is attractive to many bees. They grow well in shade but do prefer full sun in a well-drained spot. If you like to grow in containers, then bee balm isn’t a good match for you, as they tend to form in large clumps.

Bee balm plant in garden

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