I took the kids to visit their grandparents in the desert this week and while we were there we went to a zoo that had a beautiful butterfly pavilion. It was so fun to watch the kids watch the butterflies! Some of them landed right on the kids, who were in love with each one. That sealed the deal on my decision to plant some butterfly attracting flowers, and today I went to the nursery to find some new plants. I came home with two perennials, and they are so perfect.
The first is Scabiosa Columbaria, commonly called pincushion flower. I love the delicate blue, which works perfectly with the soft yellows and pinks of the front bed. It is already flowering now, and should flower through the fall, hooray!
The second is Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii), which has pink to purple flowers and has a lovely scent. I realize it doesn't look like much now, but it is a fast grower (reportedly) and can get up to 7' tall and 3-4' wide! Oooh, I hope it does - it is planted right under my son's window and he will love it if he can see butterflies landing on it!