Creating a Butterfly Garden involves planning your garden to attract, retain, and encourage butterfly populations to visit. You should select a variety of nectar-producing plants (butterfly food plants) with the goal of providing flowers in bloom throughout the season. This will encourage a continuous succession of new visitors to your butterfly garden. It is especially important to have flowers in mid to late summer, when most butterflies are active. Flowers with multiple florets that produce abundant nectar are ideal. Butterfly Bush and Butterfly Weed are some of the most popular flowers used by butterfly gardeners.
Below is a list of favorite food/ nectar plants that will bring enjoyment to both the gardener and the butterfly!
Cardinal Flower, Bloodflower,
Brazilian Verbena, Butterfly
Bush, Garlic Chives, Common
Milkweed, Common Sage, Cosmos,
Daisy Fleabane, Dame's Rocket,
Dogbane, Globe Amaranth, Heath
Aster, Heliotrope, Joe-Pye Weed,
Lantana, Late-flowering Boneset,
Liatris, Marigold, Mint, Mist
New England Aster, New
York Ironweed, Oregano, Phlox,
Purple Coneflower, Red Clover,
Salvia "Blue Bedder,"
Sedum (Autumn Joy), Shasta
Daisy, Showy Coneflower, Smooth
Aster, Stiff Goldenrod, Swamp
Milkweed, Sweet Pepperbush,
Tansy, Tithonia, Verbena, White
Clover, Wingstem, Zinnia
Late-flowering Boneset, Marigold, Mint, Mist Flower,
New England Aster, New York
Ironweed, Oregano, Red Clover,
Salvia "Blue Bedder,"
Showy Coneflower, Smooth Aster,
Blue Cardinal Flower, Brazilian
Milkweed, Common Sage,
Delphinium, Globe Amaranth,
Heliotrope, Marigold, Mist
Flower, Oregano, Oriental
Lilies, Petunia, Phlox, Red Marigold, Salvia "Blue Bedder,"
Showy Coneflower, Verbena,
Cardinal Flower, Brazilian
Verbena, Day Lily, Globe
Amaranth, Heliotrope, Marigold,
New England Aster, Salvia
Verbena, Catnip, Dogbane,
Red Clover, Salvia "Blue
Butterfly Food/ Nectar
Plants: What You Need To Know!
While there may be a lot of different
butterfly nectar plants available, there are
few of these nectar-bearing plants that are at
the top of the list. The top three
nectar bearing food plants that butterflies
love are butterfly weed, purple
coneflowers and the New
England Aster! If you plant all three of
these plants, you will definitely be seeing a
lot more butterflies in your yard! 4 more top
plants are Milkweed, Marigolds, Oregano and the popular Butterfly
One of the biggest things that you need to
remember when you are attempting to attract
butterflies to your backyard is that you need
to have a lot of different flowers for them to
choose from. This way, you will
definitely be attracting more than one type of
butterfly. A great addition to any
butterfly garden is rocks as well, this gives
a great place for all of the butterflies to
stop and rest their wings. Another great idea
is to group the same types of flowers
together; this will ensure that the
butterflies will have easy access to their
favorite flowers! Our article Butterfly
Garden Plans (the layout and design) will help you decide where things should go.
Now that you have yourself a basis of what
your butterfly garden should look like and
what butterfly nectar bearing plants you
should plant, it is now all up to you!
Just remember some of the tips and tricks
discussed in this article and you should have
no problems attracting all sorts of
butterflies to you garden!
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