Where to Put Your Butterfly Garden
Choose the Plants Local Butterflies Live On
Add Food for Larvae
Add Resting Places
How to Give Butterflies a Drink
Butterflies bring an added dimension to your landscape. Lured by scent and color, they visit certain plants to feed on nectar, a sugary solution containing the carbohydrates that butterflies need for energy. Create a welcoming landscape by including butterfly-friendly plants and features.
Choose a site that has some sun but is also sheltered from wind. Include a few trees and shrubs for roosting at night and for cooling off on the hottest days.
Add nectar plants, including aster, black-eyed Susan, butterfly bush, buttefly weed, cosmos, ironweed, Joe-Pye weed, phlox, purple coneflower, sedum, and zinnia.
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Include food plants for the larvae, including dill, fennel, milkweed, and parsley. Different butterfly larvae feed on different plants, so research the butterflies native to your region to determine what to plant.
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Add 1 or 2 large, flat rocks in the sun to give butterflies a place to bask when mornings are cool.
Butterflies can't drink from open water. In nature, they seek mud and damp sand. In your garden, provide them with a "puddle" by filling a container, such as an old birdbath, with wet sand where they can perch and drink safely.
Remember that butterfly larvae are caterpillars. Learn to distinguish the larvae of butterflies you're trying to attract from pest species. Be careful how you use pesticides to protect butterfly larvae and adults.
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