Western tiger swallowtail

A western tiger swallowtail on Pacific ninebark. (Photo: Andrew Reding via Flickr)

Gardening with native plants that are appropriate for your site is a great way to support butterflies, bees and birds. Include a diversity of wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs to ensure a buffet of pollen, nectar, seed and fruit.

Not sure where to start? Check-out this Lower Mainland and Victoria planting guide for butterflies!

In addition, these common herbs attract and support butterflies and bees:

  • Borage
  • Chive
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme