Learn about one plant that attracts butterflies to your garden – Annual Phlox. Other pollinators will be drawn to this beautiful, summer-bloomer as well!

You love butterflies and want to invite more of them to your garden. Ever wonder what specific plants you can add to your landscape that are guaranteed to attract them in hordes?

Well, you are in luck because you have stumbled upon the perfect plant! Introducing Annual Phlox- a true butterfly beacon for your pollinator garden!

Phlox plant attracting butterflies


In “Plants That Attract Butterflies- Annual Phlox” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 89 – learn how adding Annual Phlox can attract butterflies as well as other pollinators to your garden, even if it’s just for one annual season. 

This episode is meant for any gardener who wants to learn how to attract butterflies (or other pollinators) to their garden. 


Also included:


Because you want to attract more pollinators, we’ve created a pollinator garden shopping list that might be helpful for you!

✅ These specific Annual Phlox seeds would be perfect to start in your garden! They are very low maintenance and attract all kinds of butterflies and bees!

Plus, when you get to the Eden Brothers checkout, because we are affiliates (which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast), use our special coupon code “SPOKEN” for an extra 15% off your order!! 



Annual Phlox Facts

Annual Phlox, or Phlox drummondii grandiflora, is a member of the Polemoniaceae family. These particular plants will bloom with bright purple, pink, red, white, and cream. These beautiful plants can also be found in mixes of color that butterflies can’t resist.

These colorful annuals (and there are perennial species) will add color and a continuous supply of beneficial food sources to your landscape throughout the year.

General Annual Phlox plant facts:

  • They are sold and available as both annuals and perennials.
  • The annual species are grown from seed every year.
  • They will die back to the ground in the mid-fall to winter.
  • They bloom in the summer and into the fall. 
  • The annual species can grow anywhere from 12-24 inches high.
  • Prefer full sun.  
  • They can be directly sown.
  • Grow in USDA Hardiness zones 3-9 and in Sunset Zones A2, A3, 1-24, and H1.


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Create a Butterfly Garden

A pollinator garden is a garden made up of plants that flower during different seasons which provide nectar and pollen to many different insects, birds, and other animals.

To create a butterfly garden, you need to entice them with specific colorful flowers. They also need access to water, a protected habitat for nesting, shelter from weather/predators, and find safety in non-pesticide-use garden areas.

Two types of plants that butterflies need are host plants and nectar plants. And, in general, butterflies are attracted to reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, etc.

Examples of host plants would be milkweed or parsley (depending on the type of butterfly).

Examples of nectar plants for butterflies are:


There are more plants that can attract butterflies to your garden and you can find this larger list at Eden Brothers website.



Phlox Care Videos







Phlox Seeds For Sale and Butterfly Books

Now it’s time to pick out your annual phlox seeds to plant in your own garden.

Or, maybe you already have your plants in the ground but you want to learn more about butterfly gardening.

We’ve gathered a few seed options from Eden Brothers and books from Amazon that we recommend.

Phlox Seeds

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Butterfly Gardening Books


National Wildlife Federations: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, And Other Backyard Wildlife


Gardening For Butterflies

Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this summer, click here for the most up to date deals on plants found on Amazon!


Phlox Conclusion

Plants that attract butterflies will not only invite these graceful pollinators to your summer garden, but they will also provide vibrant color to your landscape.

Annual phlox is easy to care for and loved by butterflies as a food source. It would be a great addition to your own garden!

Now we want to hear from you!

What other annual plants are you growing in your garden?

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Learn about a beautiful plant that attracts butterflies to your garden – Annual Phlox. Other pollinators will be drawn to this beautiful, summer-bloomer as well!


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Plants That Attract Butterflies: Annual Phlox

Learn how to care for the annual phlox in your landscape so you can attract tons of butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.


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