Butterfly Gardening

Attracting butterflies is a simple process. You need to have:

  • A sunny location (at least 4 – 6 hours per day),
  • A variety of native plants that provide nectar from spring to fall
  • Native plants that are larval food for butterflies (for example, Milkweed plants for Monarchs, Pearly Everlasting plants for American Painted Lady)
  • Roosting shelters (areas where butterflies can perch/roost, such as trees or shrubs)


Our Pods have over 30 different species of native plants, 8 species of native shrubs and 4 milkweed species (common, swamp, whorled and butterfly flower) from our partnered grower:
Grange Hollow Gardens and Nursery.

The following table shows the variety of plants  used in our Pods.

Common Plant Name Scientific Plant Name
Butterfly Gaura Gaura lindheimeri
Great Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata
Early Meadow Rue Thalictrum dioicum
Turtlehead Chelone glabra
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Gray-headed Coneflower Ratibida pinnata
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa
Bee Balm Monarda didyma
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii
Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa
Spotted Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium maculatum
Little Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium dubium
New England Aster Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Primrose, Common Evening Oenothera biennis
Showy Blanket Flower Gaillardia pulchella
Cylindric Blazing Star Liatris cylindracea
Spiked Blazing Star Liatris spicata
Hairy Beardtongue Penstemon hirsutus
Foxglove Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea
Anise Hysop Agastache foeniculum
Moving forward, Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores envisions the plants self seeding and spreading in a natural process to naturally blend in with the surrounding habitat of plant life.

Monarch Waystations:

Monarch Waystations are registered and certified Monarch butterfly gardens. Our goal from the outset was to have each of our gardens certified. A waystation is a Monarch Butterfly friendly garden that creates a habitat for Monarchs to have milkweed plants for its larvae and nectar rich plants for adults.