Welcome butterflies to your
garden with a Butterfly
Feeders help attract butterflies to your
are some of the most beautiful and interesting
creatures on Earth. A butterfly garden is an easy
way to see more butterflies and to help 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
grow the plants the caterpillars like to eat, and
plants that adult butterflies feed on! We can help
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a Butterfly Garden
Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and
interesting creatures on Earth. 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 certainly have a yard full of butterflies
throughout the growing season. Butterfly gardens can be
any size - a window box, part of your landscaped yard,
or even a wild untended area on your property.
Creating a butterfly garden should start with some
serious research to learn which kinds of butterflies are
native to your area. You can learn that from our article
“Butterfly Gardening by Area”.
Make a list of all of the different kinds of butterflies
you would like to attract, and then learn which flowers
and plants they both feed on and lay eggs on. All of the
plants will certainly 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 plants to lay their eggs on. These are
called ‘Host Plants’ and you can read about them in
our article on “Butterfly Host
Once you have done your research and know which kinds of
plants you need, you should learn about the plants and
flowers. What do they look like? How tall do they grow?
What conditions do they thrive in? Perhaps print small
pictures from the internet of each plant and flower so
that you can begin to
plan your butterfly garden
by placing the pictures in the order in which you will
want to plant them. In this way you can get a very good
estimate of how much room you will need, and what your
finished butterfly garden will look like.
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 or away from garden fencing 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 your local greenhouse cannot get you the plants you need, check in catalogs that sell bulbs or online and order them. Be sure to learn when and how to best plant them, especially if you must purchase bulbs and start the plants from scratch.
You can add some butterfly garden accessories like a Butterfly
House, which has slots the ideal size for keeping
birds out while giving butterflies protection from the
wind and weather, and are beautiful garden decorations.
You could offer an additional
close by to supplement your flowers. By providing both
and shelter butterflies need you can prolong the
butterfly's stay in your garden and draw in
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 certainly want to place your
favorite outdoor furniture near so that you can enjoy
all of your visitors day after day.
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It is important to know which adult butterflies are found in your area. This will help you determine the Butterfly Nectar Plants and Butterfly Host Plants you will want to plant when creating your butterfly garden.
Butterflies of North America by State:
A Butterfly Gardening article by University of Minnesota