One of the things children and most adults enjoy most about springtime is the arrival of butterflies. Children just can’t wait to see their first butterfly. They love chasing and catching them, only to let them go again. I can remember doing the same as a child. To this day, I enjoy butterflies and do everything I can to attract them to my yard and garden. You can learn how to attract butterflies into your garden with these simple steps.
How to Attract Butterflies into Your Garden
The gardens that attract the most butterflies are those with fragrant and colorful flowers. In trying to attract butterflies, it’s also important to minimize the use of chemicals, or better yet – go organic and use no chemicals! While butterflies will visit almost anywhere in garden or yard, they love tree lines! Maybe they feel safer there, who knows.
Another thing to consider are the variety of plants. Many butterflies are searching for a place for their larva, so you the plants considered will need to provide for both caterpillars and adults. Group your plants together for a larger showing to make it easier for butterflies to find your garden. Keep in mind that when first starting a butterfly garden, you may not see many for a year or two. Don’t get discouraged! It may be next year before a number of butterflies show up, but they will come. As your plants grow and become more mature, more butterflies will visit your garden.
Another fun, and helpful, idea to attract butterflies is to provide them areas that can act as shelters during stormy weather. The shrubs and trees in the landscape and garden will provide this shelter during rainy weather. On sunny days, they will enjoy the open areas of your yard and garden.
If you love particular butterflies, knowing which plants they prefer will help increase the chances of attracting them. This will also help in choosing your plants. For example, if you prefer Black Swallowtail butterflies, be sure to include a few of their favorite herbs such as parsley, dill, or fennel. A few of my favorite plants are Butterly Bush, Butterfly Weed, Purple Cone Flower and Lantana.
Wild grasses and native plants also help in attracting butterdlies and are easy to incorporate into your garden. Don’t forget a water source! Our fluttery friends also get thirsty and need a ready supply of water. One nifty way of doing this is a shallow bowl. Add a few rocks or sponges to give them a resting place above the water.
Butterfly drinking from my Butterfly Bush
If you are looking to attract butterflies into your garden and yard, you can create a butterfly garden and you can also place some of the larger plants around in your yard. Be sure to include bright colorful fragrant flowers and also plants for the larva. Finally, don’t forget a water source for them. You’re sure to have some beautiful visitors in your garden!