There are more than 28,000 different kind of butterflies and it is easy to attract them to your colorful flower garden.
Plants, fruit and beautiful vivid colors are needed when you plan a butterfly garden. When you use the right elements correctly, you will easily attract all kinds of butterflies to your garden.
To make sure the butterflies that do find their way to your garden come back again and again, you have to make sure it is a place that always remain in a natural state.
Artificial pesticides are not to be used in your garden if you want butterflies to feed on the sweet nectar from the flowers.
Heavy rain drops, excessive wind and human traffic will scare most butterflies away, so you need to make sure you the garden is in a secure place.
A rain forest is where you will see the most butterflies and this is the kind of environment most butterflies prefer. When you design your garden, you are making a home away from home for the butterflies that come to the area. They need a safe, dry place to lay their eggs and a place to come to for food and safe shelter.
What You Will Need To Attract Butterflies:
There are several things you need to have in your garden so that the butterflies will come and once they get there, they will want to stay and make your garden their new home.
Plants that attract butterflies – asters, azaleas, bee palm, blueberry, butterfly bush, cone flower, golden rod, lilac, marigolds, milkweed, nettles and thistle are all favorites of most butterflies.
Any of these ideas will attract butterflies to your yard and garden.
Fruit Peels – The peelings of fruit are best if they are a few days old so that the sweet nectar can come to the surface.
Bright Colors – Use brightly colored flower pots, colorful strips of cloth tied to stakes, a tall colored garden statue or any bright garden ornaments.
Sunshine – A location with plenty of war sunshine and a couple of mud puddles.
Rocks and stones – These should be in the garden so the the butterflies can rest on them and get some sun.
These are the basics that you need when you are ready to make your garden the place where butterflies hangout.
Get Rid of All of The Unnatural Elements in the Garden
When you make your garden, you have to make sure there are no artificial pesticides, chemical fertilizers or anything else around that is not a part of nature. If you use cloth for the bright colors, make sure there is not any cleanser residue or artificial odors lingering. You can get rid of all artificial odors by letting the cloth sit outside for several days before you add it to the garden.
Find the perfect location. If you want to make a safe haven for butterflies, make sure your garden is in a secluded spot. Excess wind and heavy rain will sometimes keep butterflies away because they like to feel safe and secure from the elements. The side of the house or and area with a few trees around it is a great place to get started.
You do not need to keep the garden neat and extra clean, it is best if it is left in its natural state. An area with trees is best because the trees provide leaves as well as shelter from the wind and rain.
Make Sure You Have the Right Flowers and Plants:
After you have chosen the plants and flowers you want to put in your garden, add them along with the the bright colors. If your garden is located near a tree, take some of the leaves and place some in and around the garden.
Plant that are clustered together will work better than an area that is sparsely covered with a few brightly colored flowers. If your flowers are spaced far apart, try adding some more appropriate plants to the garden to make a bigger and brighter area for the butterflies.
The best way to keep the butterflies in your garden throughout the season is to plant flowers that bloom at different times of the year. This way, when one group of flowers have exhausted their colorful supply, there are many other flowers that are just beginning to bloom.
Here is a short list of flowers that attract different types of butterflies.
American Painted Lady – cudweed
Black Swallowtail – parsley, dill, fennel, Queen Ann’s Lace
Easter Tiger Swallowtail – wild black cherry, ash, tulip tree, willow
Grey Comma – gooseberry, azalea, elm
Monarch Butterfly – milkweeds
Viceroy Butterfly – willows, cottonwood, aspen
Woodland Skipper Butterfly – tall grasses