Attracting butterflies to your garden is extremely easy to do. It doesn’t have to be a huge area or filled with all sorts of nonsense items; a small space container garden can be just as effective. Butterflies only require a few basic things to be content, but I’ve found an assortment you can choose from!
Butterflies in the larvae state find dill, fennel, borage, hollyhocks, lupine, nettle, thistle, willow and milkweed very tasty, which makes these plants an excellent choice for adult butterflies to lay their eggs on. As for adults, nectar-rich flowers…clover, liatris, aster, bee balm, butterfly bush, cosmos, daylily, goldenrod, lavender, marigold, oregano, phlox, purple coneflower, sage, verbena, yarrow, and zinnia are excellent attractants.
Hedges, bushes, even dead trees provide cover from predators, as well as a cozy place to hide out during a rain storm. Some butterflies will hibernate inside old logs or in between the cracks of tree bark. You don’t have to leave an entire tree either. A stump or a partial old dead tree will suffice most of the time. I’ve also seen butterfly houses for sale at lawn and garden stores. These are generally tall, skinny, wooden houses with narrow slits for the butterflies to crawl into.
A birdbath with a rock in it, plate with a sponge, or shallow dish of water with pebbles to land on make fantastic watering holes for butterflies or you can buy a Butterfly Bird Bath. They also like to drink out of puddles, so they can get some of the minerals they need out of the soil. You can build your own mineral-rich butterfly water dish by taking a large dish and lining it with a layer of sand. On top of this, place a thin layer of soil and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle some tiny pebbles on top of the soil and fill the container to the brim with water. It’s best to use a fairly large dish so you don’t have to worry about filling it up all the time, since the larger amount of water will evaporate more slowly. Don’t water the garden with a sprinkler either! It can cause the nectar of some flowers to become diluted or washed away completely.
There are a lot of butterfly houses available through Amazon. This Round Butterfly House is more unique since most are square.
Now you have what it takes to create a lovely space for your colorful, fluttery friends. I hope you are able to design something beautiful and it draws and assortment of butterflies for your viewing pleasure!
What ideas do you have in mind for your butterfly garden?