January 31, 2007

How to Create a Butterfly Garden

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How to create a butterfly garden


Creating a butterfly garden is not only a great landscaping project to take on, but also makes a beautiful addition to your yard.

It is easy to attract them.  Just begin by growing plants that butterflies will feed on.  There are many different species of butterflies and they all have different preferences in nectar.  By using a wide range of plants you will bring in a more diverse range of butterflies.

When planning your butterfly garden keep these suggestions in mind:

  1. Learn what butterfly species are common in your area and include adult nectar and caterpillar food plants in your garden.
  2. Butterflies are attracted to patches of plants that bloom at the same time and will increase the chance of their eggs being layed on them.
  3. Avoid pesticides
  4. Add some rocks for them to bask in the sun on.

Here is list of plants that you can use to attract butterflies:

Annuals

  • Impatiens

  • Marigold
  • Sunflower
  • Verbena
  • Zinnia

Perennials

  • Aster

  • Bee Balm
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Coneflower
  • Goldenrod
  • Hibiscus
  • Hollyhock
  • Lantana
  • Passion Flower
  • Yarrow

Shrubs and Trees

  • Button bush

  • Butterfly bush
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Blueberry

These are only a partial list of plants that you can use to attract butterflies with.  Just remember that the goal here is to plan your garden to attract and to encourage the butterflies to visit as often as possible. 

It is recommended that you plant your garden in full sun and that you do not use any insecticides. You might also want to purchase some butterfly houses to add to your butterfly garden.

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