No, not the kind you get when someone suddenly asks you to lead the group in prayer. I mean the “yard bling” type – those impossibly wispy, fairy creatures who flit into our lives each summer. As if flowers weren’t gorgeous enough, it’s like God said, “hmmm… I can top that!” We have many, many flowering trees and perennials in our yard, and we used to have dozens of butterflies each summer. About 5 years ago we had a freak late frost that killed them off, and they never really bounced back… until this year! We are back in butterfly business, and I just had to get out there and take a few portraits today.
The butterflies are really loving the Lantanas and the Agastaches we have throughout the yard. If you are looking for full-sun, deer-proof, hardy perennials for your yard, I can highly recommend Lantana “Miss Huff”, Agastache “Acapulco Orange”, Agastache “Blue Boa” and Agastache “Summer Sky”. They are beautiful, easy to grow, bloom from Spring thru the first frost, and they attract butterflies!