Today it is more important than ever to create way stations and corridors for pollinators and other beneficial wildlife. To help you get started, American Beauties Native Plants has created a striking collection of 15 landscape-worthy natives, and has even provided a suggested planting plan for a 12- by 16-foot bed (below).

U.S. residents can enter below to win this 15-plant collection! (Enter by Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3pm PST. Only one entry allowed per person.)

Each plant will attract butterflies to your garden and most will attract hummingbirds as well. They’ve selected a warm color pallet in shades of yellow, orange and red. These perennials will bloom from early summer through fall, providing a long-lasting food source for butterflies and other wildlife. Best of all, deer tend to leave them alone.

Plant Key

  • P - Panicum virgatum 'Northwind' switchgrass, (blue-green foliage)
  • S - Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' goldenrod, (golden yellow flowers)
  • M - Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' obedient plant, (white flowers)
  • A - Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' butterfly weed, (orange-yellow flowers)
  • R - Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget' Mexican hat plant, (dark reddish orange flowers)

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Plants included in this butterfly garden giveaway

No butterfly garden would be complete without a member of the butterfly weed family. Monarchs simply can’t live without them. ‘Hello Yellow’ butterfly weed has flowers the color of sunshine and a neat, rounded habit. ‘Northwind’ switchgrass is a host plant for most banded skippers and your songbirds will love the seed. ‘Miss Manners’ obedient plant is indeed a polite, clump-forming selection that will not run. 'Red Midget' Mexican hat plant is a heavy blooming, dwarf selection that is perfect for the front of a sunny border. Butterflies and native bees will be delighted with the nectar and songbirds will relish the seeds. ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod is our favorite goldenrod selection. It’s more compact and free flowering than the species. Arching stems of golden-yellow flowers cascade gracefully like the trails of fireworks.

American Beauties Native Plants defines native as straight species and their cultivars—with cultivars being selections of straight species that have not been hybridized with another species.

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Photo Credit: North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

Butterfly weed
Zones 3–8
H&W 18–24 inches
Species is native in 41 of the lower 48 states

  • Bright flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Host plant for monarch and queen butterflies
  • Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Photo Credit: North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Switchgrass
Zones 2–9
H 4–5 feet; W 2–3 feet
Species is native to 45 of the lower 48 states

  • An essential larval host plant for most banded skippers
  • Insects overwinter in stems; provides protective cover and food for birds
  • Strong vertical accent; has wind-resistant blue-green foliage

Photo Credit: North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'

Obedient plant
Zones 3–9
H 24–30 inches; W 18–24 inches
Species is native to 40 of the lower 48 states

  • Good nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Pure white flower spikes bloom for many weeks
  • Forms clumps and does not become invasive

Photo Credit: North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'

Mexican hat plant
Zones 3–8
H 18–24 inches; W 12–18 inches
Species is native to 39 of the lower 48 states

  • Native insects and butterflies are drawn to the flowers
  • Seeds from spent bloom are prized by song birds
  • Unique flowers are colorful and long flowering

Photo Credit: North Creek Nurseries, Inc.

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Goldenrod
Zones 3–9
H 36 inches; W 24 inches
Species is native to 31 of the lower 48 states

  • Migrating butterflies use the nectar to fuel their fall migration
  • Bees rely on the pollen and nectar to build up winter stores
  • Good deer resistance; non-allergenic cut flower

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