A butterfly garden makes an attractive addition to any yard. The butterflies are drawn to the plants and flowers growing in the area, and the garden is filled with an array of color and fragrant smells. Learning how to create a butterfly garden will allow you to have this focal point on your own property.
You will need:
- Plants that attract butterflies
Step 1: Designate the butterfly garden spot. It can be a border garden area or a specific location within the yard. Some homeowners prefer to have this spot in the rear yard if they do not have a front porch. This allows them to observe the butterflies flying around during the daytime and early evening.
Step 2: Select butterfly-friendly plants. Choose an array of plants that produce nectar and bloom all season long. Butterflies are most active during middle to late summer so make sure that the majority of plants will be in bloom during that time. Flowers producing abundant nectar and possessing multiple florets are ideal.
Step 3: For a multi-year butterfly garden, choose perennials. These will re-bloom year after year. Butterflies love perennials like asters, coneflowers, lilac, and of course, butterfly weed. Stay away from plants with double flowers because these do not produce enough nectar.
Step 4: Include plants that butterflies in their caterpillar form can eat, such as hackberry, clover, and willow.
Step 5: Incorporate a feeder. To attract even more butterflies, build a feeder. Take a baby food or other small jar that has a lid. Drill a small hole into the lid’s center. Plug the hole with cotton and fill the jar with sugar and water at a ratio of 1:9. Hang the feeder upside down in a tree near the butterfly garden.