ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How toEncourage-Butterflies-Into Your Garden-Spring- Garden -

Updated on August 23, 2011

Create your own butterfly garden.

Attracting Butterflies

Looking to invite winged friends to your garden, be sure you're ready to make them comfortable,Like Any Good Host, butterfly gardeners provide a great atmosphere and refreshments for their guests. Attract butterflies successfully in your garden by following these hosting guidelines.

Provide shelter

For ambiance, butterflies prefer
direct sunlight and heat. If you live in an exposed,
windy area, plant your butterfly garden near a fence,
building, or hedge that provides relief from the wind.

Create lounging areas.

When not feeding, butterflies
like to lounge on flat, sun-warmed stones. Position
comfortable rocks in sunny spots.

Have refreshments on hand.

Butterflies get thirsty.
Provide water in a shallow pan, or sink a plate into
your garden soil and fill it with liquid. Butterflies
also enjoy mud puddles.

Butterflies are Beautiful

Research food preferences

Before selecting plants,
investigate the food preferences of butterfly species
that are native to your region. In general, butterflies
like wildflowers and rather ordinary annuals and
perennials in reds, oranges, yellows, and blues. Try
serving lavender (Lavandula spp.), day lilies
(Hemerocallis spp.), and daisylike flowers, such as
purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), yarrow
(Alcbillea spp.), and asters. Butterflies also like to
feast on shrubs, such as butterfly bush—Buddleia
davidii
and Buddleia alternifolia are hardiest—
honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), spice bush (Lindera
benzoin),
and mock orange (Philadelphus spp.)

Cater to children.

Although adult butterflies will
feed on a wide assortment of flowers, their kids
tend to be picky eaters. The monarch butterfly, for
instance, sips nectar from many flowers but lays its
eggs on milkweed (Asclepias spp.) because the

Nectar-producing flowers and shrubs top the list of dinner

favorites when you're hosting butterflies. Butterflies like to sip nectar from a lilac bush.

Aside from milkweed, caterpillars also like to munch on thistle (Cirsium spp.), Queen-Anne's-lace

(Anthriscussylvestris),

wild lupine (Lupinusperennis), wild aster, clover OTrifolium spp.), and wild grasses.

Herbs such as dill (Anethum spp.) and parsley (Petroselinum spp.) round out the menu

Keep things relaxed

 Butterflies avoid manicured gardens and highly cultivated flowers such as floribunda roses.

They'll also avoid areas treated with chemical pesticides. So plant flowers in drifts and don't worry about keeping things tidy. A more natural garden will allow butterflies to bring you much joy as you watch them fluttering freely in you garden.

Walk With Me

Plants That Butterflies Love

Aster                      Marigold

Borage                   Nasturtium

Butterfly Weed        Parsley

Chives                     Pearly Everlasting

Coreopsis               Purple Cornflower

Day lily                     Sedum

False Indigo             Sweet alyssum

Heliotrope                 White clover

Hollyhock                  Wild bergamont

Lantana

Need Extra Income?

Sign in to Hubpages its fun and free!

A Great way to Make

 money .

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR

    IN2Deep 

    7 years ago

    RTalloni-Thats really great :) you will be happy-I am sure-change is good-especially when it brings nice things- The butterfly bush also-Any color-Black Night-the deep dark purple I love. The butterflies love them all.

  • RTalloni profile image

    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for the spring shopping list...am planning some changes in my gardens.

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR

    IN2Deep 

    7 years ago

    CMHypno-Thank you-may the butterflies you see always make you smile :) Have a great gardening season!

  • CMHypno profile image

    CMHypno 

    7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    I love butterflies and think it is really great to have some tips on attracting butterflies into our gardens. Thanks for an informative hub

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR

    IN2Deep 

    7 years ago

    Hi Bard of Ely-That Is Very cool.I support the butterflies here-they are so facinating and exciting to watch- Still have another month or so of winter to go-But I am getting spring fever

  • Bard of Ely profile image

    Steve Andrews 

    7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

    I love butterflies and have helped rear hundreds of monarchs here by growing milkweed for them in pots. I was glad to see ads for the seeds in your hub!

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR

    IN2Deep 

    7 years ago

    Absolutly! Gardens are beautiful! Gardening is one of my best stress relievers..The butterflies and birds are just an added bonus :)

  • profile image

    not white trash 

    7 years ago

    I never knew people still made butterfly garden, somewhat beautiful and Edwardian, I like it.

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR

    IN2Deep 

    7 years ago

    I love butterflies-they are so beautiful and although I have many flowers that attract them--the butterfly bush is usually covered with them--the bush comes in several colors--my favorite is the 'Black Knight' which is Deep Dark purple--the white is beautiful too.Here they bloom early july.Yes kennynext I agree--the butterfly bush will bring them for sure--I have seen up to 15 or more on it at a time.

  • kennynext profile image

    kennynext 

    7 years ago from Everywhere

    Really good stuff. It seems like there are less butterflys around than when I was a child. A lot of good things to try.

  • kookoo88 profile image

    kookoo88 

    7 years ago from Cripple Creek

    This is really cool. I definitely want more butterflies in the yard. We only have 3 months of warm enough weather, but I'll take it. :)

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)