One of the best things about attracting butterflies to your garden is that butterflies are drawn to an explosion of color, making attracting them a delight. Butterflies look for flowers that supply them with nectar, and many gorgeous annuals are a great source. If you plant annuals that bloom in different seasons, you will provide your butterflies with a constant supply of nectar, enticing them to hang about your Houston, Texas garden. Below are some great annuals to try.
Bachelor’s Buttons. This pink flower will draw butterflies, honey bees and bumble bees to your Houston, Texas garden, blooming from late spring to the first frost. Plant in the spring or summer in full sun, and these annuals will grow to be about 12 inches tall. They also do well in containers.
Ageratum. Blue, pink and white blooms will attract butterflies from April through November. Plant in full sun to light shade in your Houston, Texas garden. Some varieties will reseed. These annuals will grow to be about eighteen inches tall.
Snow Princess Alyssum. These annuals bloom almost year round, assuring your butterflies a constant supply of nectar. Plant them in full to partial sun and keep them well watered. This annual will trail nicely from a container or spread as groundcover in your Houston, Texas garden. It can survive temperatures down to 32 degrees.
Painted Nettle Coleus (Black Dragon). Butterflies are drawn to the very light blue flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. These are very pretty annuals, with dark purple (almost black) leaves that have rose highlights. This flower will also bring bees to your garden, and grows to be about eighteen inches tall. Plant in full sun to partial shade in your Houston, Texas garden.
Flamenco Cha Cha Cuphea. These annuals have very large fuchsia flowers with purple centers. Planted in your Houston, Texas garden, these flowers will bring butterflies and hummingbirds from spring through fall. They do best in full sun, but will tolerate partial. This variety of cuphea is heat and drought tolerant, as well as disease resistant. These annuals also do well in containers, and will grow to be about eighteen inches tall.
First Love Dianthus. The pink and white flowers on these annuals will attract lots of butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden. Plant them in full or partial sun, or bright shade. The flowers bloom almost year round, important for a constant nectar supply for your butterflies. These annuals are very fragrant, and do well in containers and rock gardens.
Deep Purple Fuchsia. Both hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to these cascading flowers. Plant them in hanging baskets or containers in your Houston, Texas garden. They also do well in shade gardens. These annuals will bloom from January through May, and grow to be about twelve inches tall. They can withstand temperatures down to 35 degrees.
Fireworks Gomphrena. The pink starburst flowers of these annuals will bring butterflies flocking to your Houston, Texas garden. Plant this flower in full sun and it will bloom from the spring through the fall. This is a fast growing plant that can reach heights of four feet, and also does very well in containers. These annuals are drought tolerant and withstand temperatures down to 35 degrees.