Gorgeous Butterfly feeder: Make your own using as shallow dish. add some sugar water or nectar, float a few flowers, add some slices of fresh over ripe peach, apple and pineapple. You can hang the dish or place on a stand like this image. Place the stand or hang it near other flowers. Do make sure if you have animals, especially cats, that your feeders are high enough up that the cats can't get the butterflies. While feeding they become easy targets.
Blue Butterfly Bush Attracts Droves of Butterflies Blossoms when most shrubs have finished flowering for the season—late summer—for a welcome flush of color. Arching sprays of foliage frame clusters of sweetly fragrant flowers that resemble lilacs. Perfume attracts droves of butterflies— that’s exactly how this beauty got its name! At 6-10 ft., it makes a supremely colorful lot line screen. Prefers full to partial sun. Zones 5-9. This plant attracts Hummingbirds and butterflies.
Lantana*Hot, dry summers call for an easy-care plant like this. A natural butterfly magnet, lantana comes in orange, red, pink and other combinations, in addition to yellow. Where it's not hardy, lantana is treated as an annual, typically averaging 2 to 3 feet high and wide by season's end. In subtropical and tropical areas, it can be a large invasive shrub. Hardy to USDA Zone 8
When you plant your flowers for butterflies, don’t bunch them up tightly, let the air flow through them and have areas in between the flowers for the butterflies to get their water and sit in the sun. Make it a colorful display of flowers since butterflies are attracted to certain colors. The favorite colors are red, pink, purple, yellow and orange. Butterflies like to land or perch on flowers, so they like the types of flowers that are flat open flowers.
Meadow Blazingstar---the Ultimate Monarch Magnet! The crimson-red buds burst open to reveal brilliant purplish-pink flowers that are irresistible to Monarch butterflies and many other pollinators. Meadow Blazingstar's widely-branched and numerous individual flowers bloom over an extended period of time. The seeds are a Goldfinch favorite. Hardy to Zones 3 - 6.
Though it has the word weed in its common name, don't let that scare you away from butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Sometimes called milkweed, it's as easy to grow as a weed but much prettier, plus hummingbirds and butterflies (especially monarchs) adore it. Clusters of orange, yellow, pink or vermillion flowers appear in mid- to late summer, followed by thin, ornamental seedpods.