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Enticing Butterflies to your Garden

Updated on June 23, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

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

Giant Swallowtail attracted to: Butterfly Bush, Dianthus Family, Lantana, Swamp Milkweed , Sunflower, Salvia
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

Butterfly meeting
Butterfly meeting

Butterflies, Butterflies

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 on oranges
butterflies on 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

Julia Heliconian Butterfly that loves Lantana and Passion Flowers
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

Myscelia ethusa is the only Butterfly identification I could find close to this one
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"!

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Clouded Sulphur likes Crown Vetch, Cow Vetch and White Clover

Clouded Sulphur likes Crown Vetch, Cow Vetch and White Clover
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!

Want to find some butterfly bushes?

Try this company, one of my affiliates:

DirectGardening

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!

Please drop a note below.

Linda

Thank you!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful flowers and butterflies. Thanks!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I never knew butterflies were attracted to oranges. I just love to plant flowers that attract butterflies in the spring and summer. Thanks for the great ideas. Congratulations on making the Best of Squidoo 2012 Gardening Lenses. Blessed!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very nice lens well deserving of the Best of 2012 Gardening lens recognition. I love all the beautiful pictures.

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      juliet765 5 years ago

      Thanks for showing us these delightful butterflies, I especially liked the butterfly bush, I am going to look for one to plant in my garden.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 2012 Spring Gardening Showcase

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures in your article. Congrats on getting featured!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You certainly have enticed me...I want to come live in your garden too with the butterflies! Congratulations on being honored and featured in the 2012 Spring Garden Showcase!...*

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love butterflies and your suggestions for enticing them, but do think these beautiful flowers would entice any creature, including me. Spring Blessings.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      This is totally awesome. I love the way your presented the flowers. I just can't stop looking at it. Great lens.

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