You do not need a large area to plant native plants that attract butterflies and other insect pollinators. In fact, you can grow beautiful pollen and nectar-bearing plants in something as small as a container garden.
Here is a list of 10 native plants that can be planted in containers. These flowering plants can enhance the beauty of your yard while providing butterflies with a source of nectar, as well as pollen and nectar for honey and native bees.
Wild Bergamot (Beebalm) – Monarda fistula – This summer-blooming perennials grow 2-4′ tall.
Spotted Beebalm – Monarda punctata – This perennial grows 2-3′ tall and blooms during the middle of the summer.
Blazing Star (Dense Blazing Star) – Liatris spicata – This perennial grows up to 3′ tall and blooms in summer.
Native Phlox (Garden Phlox) – Phlox paniculata – This plant blooms from summer – fall. This perennial reaches a height of 2-3′.
Stokes Aster (Cornflower) – Stokesia laevis – This perennial grows from 8-12″ tall and blooms in the summer.
Eastern Silver Aster – Symphyotrichum concolor – This late summer blooming perennial reaches a height ranging from 2-3′ tall.
Black-eyed Susan – Rudeckia hirta – This flowering plant is a biannual. It will grow 1-3′ feet tall and bloom in the summer.
Coneflower (Echinacea sp.) There are a number of native coneflowers to choose from. Most of these perennials grow 3-4′ tall and bloom during the summer.
Blue Mistflower (Hardy Ageratum) – Conclinium coelestrium – This summer-blooming perennial and typically grows 18-24″ tall.
Annual Blanketflower – Gallardia pulchella – This native is a summer-fall bloomer and typically grows 1-3′ tall.