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Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. .

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Attracting Butterflies

Sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee in morning sunshine, I couldn't help but notice the profusion of beautiful butterflies, almost weightless and floating on the breeze, that were feasting on the flowers in the garden.

As many natural habitats have been lost to increased development, providing a hospitable environment for the many beneficial creatures in your garden will bring much delight. With their extreme sensitivity to any sort of toxin, the presence of butterflies in a garden is a thumbs-up indication of the overall health of an ecosystem.

There is so much information on the internet about butterfly gardens, it's easy to spend all day just reading and looking at lovely pictures. But there's nothing better than to sit on the porch or walk through your garden and watch lots of different varieties flitting from flower to flower!

No matter what's the size of your garden, these tips will help you create your own back and/or front yard sanctuary and make your garden irresistible.
A butterfly garden needs:

Host plants for caterpillars:

Most species can only survive on a few types of plants. Monarch larvae feed only on milkweed plants, while the similar looking Viceroy larvae feed on willow and poplar leaves. The Black Swallowtail larvae feed on plants such as carrots, dill, parsley, and nasturtium.

Nectar plants for adults

It is especially important to have flowers in mid to late summer, when most butterflies are active. Single falt-topped or clustered flowers are easier for butterflies to get nectar from than the fuller double blossoms. Here are some butterfly favorites:

  • Buddleia - Butterfly Bush
  • Lantana
  • Coneflowers

Sunshine:

Locate your garden in full sun. Butterflies are most active on warm sunny days.
Place several garden stones or decorative rocks in full sun in the garden. Butterflies need to warm up in the morning before they are capable of active flight. Rocks provide a basking site for butterflies to raise their body temperature.

Moisture:

Provide a source of water such as a shallow saucer of water or a birdbath that is out of direct sunlight. Make sure that some of the rocks stick above the top of the container so they will have a place to land. When you water your garden, remember to refill the container

An environment kept healthy through the absence of insecticides:

Avoid using insecticides. Butterflies are insects; therefore, most insect sprays will kill butterflies.

 

August in the Garden :

Decorative Rocks
Start Biennials
Make Labels