Butterfly Gardens

Download SVT's butterfly garden brochure, with tips on landscaping to improve wildlife habitat.

We call this our butterfly garden, but it should really be called a pollinator garden for all the many types of insects that have visited it since it was planted in spring 2006. 

These types of gardens are designed and built specifically to attract butterflies, who look for two things: nectar and host plants. Nectar is food for the butterflies and host plants are where the female butterflies can lay their eggs, and on which caterpillars feed.  

Butterfly gardens are primarily filled with brightly colored flowers to which the butterflies are drawn. Here's a list of some of the plants in the Wolbach Farm butterfly garden:

Parsley Petroselinum crispum
Pineapple Sage Salvia sp.
Verbena Obsession Red Verbena sp.
Verbena Imagination Verbena sp.
Cut and Come Again Zinnia Zinnia sp.
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
Summer Snapdragon Angelonia angustifolia hybrid
Summer Sun Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides


Beardtongue Penstemon barbatus
Blue Buckle Stiff Beardtongue Penstemon virgatus
Butterfly Flower Asclepias incarnata
Cardinal Flower Lobelia
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris plena
Coneflower 'Orange Meadowbrite' Echinacea hybrid
White Coneflower Echinacea pallida
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Joe-pye weed Eupatorium purpureum
Crested Iris Iris cristata
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae
Palace Purple Coral Bells Heuchera micrantha
Summer Phlox Phlox paniculata
Canadian Phlox Phlox divaricata