When I spoke to a Master Gardener this past summer at a fair, they discussed how to attract butterflies to our yards – specifically monarch butterflies.
We occasionally have one monarch butterfly that comes by even though our property is quite shaded. I learned that there are shade plants that attract monarchs. One of these is the bee balm plant that I planted this summer. It is also deer resistant and the deer did not go near it at all this past summer.
I was sad to read an article though about a decline in the monarch butterfly population. Hopefully this next summer, I’ll see more than a “stray” monarch as I plant more bee balm.
Interested in reading the article on the decline of the monarch? Click below to view it.