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5 Tips on Growing a Butterfly Garden ...

By Aprille

The following tips on growing a butterfly garden are provided for those who wish to attract these colorful little beauties to their yard. I like to plant lots of perennials, so I don’t have to hassle with replanting flowers every year. Honeysuckle, Butterfly Weed, and Liatris are all hardy perennials butterflies enjoy.

Table of contents:

  1. Choose a sunny location
  2. Plant a variety
  3. Make the garden in a low traffic area
  4. Plan out the garden before planting
  5. Add in some butterfly comforts

5 Choose a Sunny Location

Butterflies and the flowers they prefer both love sunshine. Be sure to choose an area where the flowers are able to get at least 6 hours of sunlight during the day.

4 Plant a Variety

Certain butterflies are attracted to some flowers more than others. It’s always nice to have a variety of flowers anyway, in order to have a broad color scheme. However, some butterfly larvae prefer specific plants for food and this means offering these plants will possibly attract more of the butterfly species you desire.

3 Make the Garden in a Low Traffic Area

While lots of butterfly traffic is desired, gardens planted in a location where many humans and animals travel tend to not be optimal for a butterfly garden. Place a bench in your flower garden if you wish to sit and enjoy the butterflies, but plant the flowers well away from busy areas of your yard.

2 Plan out the Garden before Planting

It can be fun to simply go to the nursery and buy a bunch of plants, but sometimes this isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. Use the plans to figure out where the tall plants should be placed, how many shorter varieties you wish to buy, and how the color scheme will go.

1 Add in Some Butterfly Comforts

Nectar from flowers isn’t the only thing that will attract butterflies to your garden. They like to rest on flat rocks, so placing a few of these around your garden can’t hurt. Butterflies also seem to like hanging around piles of fresh manure. If you don’t want to mix up some manure soup for the butterflies, then a shallow plate of water can be added for the butterflies to hang out in. I like to add some pebbles to the water for the butterflies to rest on as they drink.

I hope you find these tips helpful in creating the ultimate butterfly garden in your yard. Trust me; once you make one and see how many butterflies come flitting to it, you’ll want to make more! If you already have a butterfly garden in place, what types of flowers seem to be the most popular with the butterflies?

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