Enticing Butterflies to your Garden
How to attract Butterflies to your Flower Garden
I love Butterflies, they are one of my favorite insects. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. It is always nice to see butterflies in your yard, most of them are probably common to what ever area you happen to live in. But once in a while we get that very special treat of seeing a rare Butterfly that is much more scarce.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a yard that would help entice more butterflies and more varieties of butterflies to come to visit but also to stay a little longer.
The secret to doing this is what you have planted in your yard. Butterflies love certain plants because of their sweet smelling flowers and nectar that those plants produce. Below you will see many different types of Butterfly plants that will help attract them to your yard once they bloom.
Butterflies also love water and fruit too.
Giant Swallowtail attracted to: Butterfly Bush, Dianthus Family, Lantana, Swamp Milkweed , Sunflower, Salvia
Butterfly Bush, Red
What a pretty red colored flower on this bush, almost a deep wine color. My daughter and I saw hundreds of butterflies hanging around a creek in Idaho, they gather on the wet mud...not sure why. We had to be very careful not to step on any of them.
Butterflies in the mud - A butterfly gathering
Why do you gather in the mud?
What is this meeting about?
Are you thirsty?
Is this the way you date?
Butterfly, Butterfly tell me your secrets!
What do butterflies love? - Oranges!
Butterflies love Oranges too! (Not that you need to feed them fruit.) But they also love flowers. The best way that I have found to bring in the Flutterbies, as my daughter used to call them, is to bring in the fragrant flowers that they love to get nectar from.
It is not hard at all as most of these shown below are perennials bloom in late summer when they butterflies take flight.
Butterfly Bush, Blue
These tall and pretty flowers attract butterflies like crazy and they are extremely hardy which I really like in a bush!
Coneflower Mix, Butterfly
These are late summer bloomers that the butterflies will love. Just when everything else is dying off your late summer flowers take off and entice the butterflies to stick around!
Julia Heliconian Butterfly that loves Lantana and Passion Flowers
Butterfly Bush, Bi-Color
So many colors on each bloom, They say these keep the deer away...now to me, one that loves animals as much as flowers this makes me a little sad. But I suppose if you had issues with them destroying your garden this might be a good thing, yes?
Myscelia ethusa is the only Butterfly identification I could find close to this one
Butterfly Plant, Hello Yellow
This flower loves the hot sun, how perfect is that for the summer we are having this year? They not only entice those pretty butterflies in but they are so fragrant the hummingbirds love them too! I have to get some of these. Don't you just love the name of this flower "Hello Yellow"!
Do you like to see Butterflies?
Clouded Sulphur likes Crown Vetch, Cow Vetch and White Clover
Butterfly Bush Collection
I want some of these, they are so beautiful. And what a bonus that they attract those butterflies too. Love this collection.
Butterfly Bush, Flutterby Petite Blue Heaven
A ground cover that brings in butterflies and hummingbirds, that is so cool.
Butterfly Bush, 3-N-1
This one just makes me smile, doesn't it remind you of Bob Marley, with fancy dreadlocks? So funny!
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Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your flower garden this year and may you have butterflies lightly dancing around you!
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