Your To-Do List — Plan And Plant A Butterfly Garden

Butterfly garden there is a growing number of homeowners planting flowers and shrubs specifically to attracted these colorful, winged wonders, and it’s not that hard to do.
An unintended but pleasant side benefit of planting a Butterfly flower garden, it will also attract Hummingbirds as well.

Do your homework first! Butterfly sanctuaries can flourish in nearly every climate in the U.S. and information on how to pull it off can be had for free at most state agricultural extension offices, especially those that have master gardener programs.

Generally speaking, native flowering plant seed can be collected in the wild. Beyond the effort and time you invest in collecting seed and planting, natives require little or no additional maintenance such as watering or fertilization. In fact a rich fertile soil is often harmful to the healthy growth of native flowering plants.

With all this high tech stuff… like the world wide web, it is easy to search, find and purchase numerous varieties of native(wildflower) flowering plant seeds that will benefit your Butterfly garden project.

A word of caution is in order. Many native flowering plants are free re-seeders and may require aggressive actions to control them. Preventing them from taking over your yard and garden.

When planning / planting your butterfly garden, keep in mind that you’ll be nurturing adult Butterfly’s and butterfly caterpillar’s. So it makes sense that each would prefer particular greenery. The plants that caterpillars enjoy, host plants, while adult butterflies drink from nectar plants. Colors and shapes are important considerations.

Butterflies (and bees) are most attracted to flowers that are red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple. In order to access the nectar, butterflies look for blooms that are either flat or have relatively short tubes.
Coneflowers, sunflowers, and daisies are good choices, as are tubular flowers like salvia and mint.

Butterfly shelter will attract and keep Butterfly’s in your garden. Shrubs and trees may throw unwanted shade in your butterfly garden, but they’re also key when it comes to protection. Delicate butterflies need protection from wind and rain, as well as a perch for the night.

Water is another element and is almost as important as a food source. Insects get water from dew and rain, but adding a birdbath or other water element guarantees they’ll have the moisture they require. To keep butterflies coming back, include a place for them to lay their eggs, milkweed is a particular favorite for many species of Butterfly’s.
Butterflies And Caterpillar’s In Your Garden

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10 responses to “Your To-Do List — Plan And Plant A Butterfly Garden

  1. I keep meaning to plant some butterfly bushes! I love butterflies and want to see more in my garden. I’ll have to find some milkweed!

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  2. Wonderful information as always. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed.

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  3. We have quite a few wild milkweed plants in our backyard. My wife found out that monarchs love them so she ordered some monarch butterfly larvae, they’re supposed to arrive soon!

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  4. Aggressive actions to control them is an understatement. 🙂 Mine butterfly bushes are now trees. But boy do they attract the butterflies and hummingbirds!

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