A garden that is full of flowers is a place to enjoy, but without wildlife there is something missing. When butterflies visit your flowers it adds an extra dimension to the scene. And it is easy enough to encourage these delightful visitors by growing flowers on which they can feed. This article by Kathy Woodard which I found on The Garden Glove website describes the seven plants that yo need to grow to attract these insects.
One of the most popular theme gardens is a butterfly garden. Who can resist those delicate, magical creatures that float through the air, and can bring a smile to the face of the most grizzled old hermit? Let?s face it, everyone loves the butterflies. It isn?t hard to create a garden that is more friendly to butterflies visiting, and spending some time with you. Fall is a great time to put in butterfly plants and habitats, so that they are ready to bloom in the spring and summer, when butterfly sightings are at their peak. But you can plan a butterfly garden any time of year, and plant one in all seasons except the cold of winter. Heres what you need to know to bring in the butterflies!
So one of the most obvious and effective ways to lure butterflies in, is by planting flowers that supply the nectar they prefer. While certain butterflies prefer particular flowers, (and that varies on area) there are some that are pretty safe bets for a good butterfly garden. The bonus here is that not only are all these plants gorgeous, some of them attract hummingbirds as well! Here are our top favs?
Butterfly Bush ? One of our favorites, easy to grow (too easy in some places, it can be invasive!) ?We have a whole post on how to grow butterfly bush!
Coneflower ? Technically a wildflower that has become hot in gardens today, there are more types of coneflower than I can count now! Drought resistant and loves sun, these beauties can bloom mid summer to frost. They also make good cut flowers as well.
Black Eyed Susan ? Grown in similar conditions to coneflower, another prairie plant that has a lot of hybrids these days, small to large, yellow to orange! Perfect for a late summer garden!
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