A butterfly garden is an easy way to attract more butterflies to your yard. Creating a butterfly garden also helps them, since many natural butterfly habitats have been lost to human activities like building homes, roads and farms. It is easy to increase the number and variety of butterflies in your yard. Simply fill your garden with the plants the caterpillars enjoy eating, and plants that adult butterflies feed on as well.
By planting a butterfly garden with all of the right kinds of plants and flowers that butterflies love to feed on and lay eggs on, you will enjoy a yard full of butterflies throughout the growing season. A large area isn’t necessarily needed. Butterfly gardens can be any size – a window box, part of your landscaped yard, or even a wild untended area on your property.
6 Steps to Create a Butterfly Garden
1) Research to learn which kinds of butterflies are native to your area. Creating a butterfly garden should start with some serious research to learn which kinds of butterflies are native to your area.
2) Make a list of all of the different kinds of butterflies you would like to attract. Once you’ve done this, you should learn which flowers and plants they both feed on and lay eggs on. All of the plants will need to be native to your area and therefore easy to grow with the right conditions and care. Adult butterflies will visit for a longer period if they find host plants to lay their eggs on.
3) Learn about plants and flowers. There are two types of plants that you will want to consider in your butterfly garden plan – Nectar Plants and Host Plants. It’s important to learn what Butterfly Plants look like, how tall they will grow and what conditions they thrive in. Creating a Butterfly Garden Plan by mapping out on paper where plants are to be placed and how much space they will take up when fully grown is a good way to estimate how much room you will need, how many plants you’ll need and what your finished butterfly garden will look like.
4) Check with a local greenhouse about getting these plants and flowers. Find out which ones are annuals and which are perennials. You may want to plant the annuals in the front of the garden because they will need to be replaced each year. Perennials will come back year after year so these should be near the back of the butterfly garden and left alone to grow and thrive. If you are unable to find the plants and flowers locally, check online or in catalogs that sell bulbs and order them there. Be sure to learn when and how to best plant them, especially if you are purchasing bulbs and are starting the plants from scratch.
5) Consider adding some butterfly garden accessories like a Butterfly House. These beautiful homes for butterflies have slots that are the ideal size for keeping birds out while giving butterflies protection from the wind and weather, and make a wonderful garden decoration. You could also include an additional nectar source close by to supplement your flowers. By providing both the food and shelter butterflies need you can prolong the butterfly’s stay in your garden and draw in others.
6) Enjoy your butterfly garden. Once you have designed and started your butterfly garden, you can be proud that you have made a habitat for butterflies in your own yard, which helps with the conservation of the many species of quickly disappearing butterflies today. You will enjoy hours of entertainment and delight watching butterflies flutter in and around your new butterfly garden.
Be sure to snap some butterfly pictures and send them to us at We Love Butterflies!