How to Plant an Organic Butterfly Garden
Encouraging butterflies to visit your garden, and to set up home there, is not difficult. It will require some research and a careful selection of plant material but even a beginning gardener can create a garden that draws and keeps butterflies.
What is more you can grow vegetables at the same time as you establish the butterfly habitat. The whole garden does not need to be transformed into a butterfly paradise to bring these flying beauties into your yard, but you do not to put in plants that will feed them and offer them shelter so they can lay eggs.
In other words, butterflies require both nectar plants for food and host plants for homes.
Some butterflies are very fussy eaters so unless you plant their food preference they will not likely drop by and certainly will not stay.
For instance, the monarch butterfly only eats milkweed, so to attract them this is what you must plant.
Before you make your plant choices, you need to know what butterflies are native to yoru region. A trip to yoru local public library can help you find this out or contact a naturalist society.
The Butterflyesite will assist residents of the United States who want to find out which butterflies frequent their area.The site also provides information about butterfly species in other countries, so drop by as you begin your search.
Now that you know what butterflies live where you do, you can make appropriate plants selections. When it comes to selecting plants there are some that are well known as butterfly magnets and if they will grow well in your zone, this may be the way to proceed.
The butterfly bush or as it is formally known, Buddleia davidi, is a perennial shrub. The butterfly bush can grow to six feet in height and a width of four feet up; it all depends upon the growing conditions. You can plant it singly or in groupings, depending upon your space and interest. This one will bring in the butterflies.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is another plant that will draw the butterflies to your garden, this perennial looks good and is relatively easy to care for, so give it some thought.
If you have a garden but it does not have any herbs in it, give them some thought. Herbs work well as a design element in yoru landscape, can be used in cooking and some of them will bring in the butterflies. For example, both fennel and dill are host plants.
You do not need a lot of plants to attract butterflies but please be sure to garden organically, do not use artificial chemicals for that may harm them.
It is not difficult to create a space that butterflies will not only visit but set up home. If you already have a garden three or four plants or one butterfly bush may be all you need.
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