Tips For Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden
There is just something relaxing about sitting in the sun, watching butterflies flitting through the flowers, or pausing to rest, spreading their wings, soaking up the sunshine. With some planning, you can make your garden more attractive to butterflies. Certain flowers attract certain species of butterflies that sip the nectar of the flower, while other plants attract butterflies to lay their larvae. If you do set up a part of your garden to attract butterflies, you may have to fight the urge to use pesticides to kill off garden pests. You can’t do this if you want to attract butterflies. Pesticides and other chemicals can harm the butterflies and larvae.
Why would you want butterflies in the garden in the first place? Well, as stated above, it is relaxing to sit back and watch the butterflies flying around. Another reason to attract butterflies, is that like bees, butterflies will help pollinate flowers, so that the flowers will reproduce, and grow strong. Butterflies can also attract other wildlife to your garden, such as songbirds. These birds may eat the butterflies, but they will also eat harmful insects, keeping them from damaging your plants.
You will want to create an area in your garden where the butterflies will feel safe. Butterflies tend to be attracted to areas where they feel safe, such as areas along a tree line. Planting your butterfly garden near trees will help to attract the butterflies to your garden.
The choice of plants is important to attracting butterflies. They are attracted to areas where they can lay their larvae, and where they can feed. Do some research and find out what species of butterfly are native to your area, and find out what plants attract them. As your garden grows, the plants and flowers will mature, and spread, attracting more butterflies to the garden. The first year, you may only find a few butterflies in the garden, but as the years go by, more butterflies will be lead to your garden. Early on, butterflies may stay in your garden as they are passing through, but they’ll stay, if they find your garden a safe haven for them.
Herbs, like parsley, dill, and fennel will attract butterflies, such as the Black Swallowtail or Anise Swallowtail. If you don’t like these herbs, then other flowers and plants will attract other species of butterfly. Fritillary butterflies may be attracted by lupine. Snapdragons and other flowers will attract other varieties of butterflies. Take some time to learn what plants will do well in your area that will attract butterflies to your garden.
Butterflies need shelter from wind, rain, and storms. Shrubs and trees can help to provide shelter for the butterflies. When the weather is calm and sunny, the butterflies prefer open areas to fly around, or just to sit and soak up the sun. Allow areas for water to puddle up, so that the butterfly can find water. Large rocks, or soft sandy soil will allow the water to puddle, so that the butterflies can drink.
With careful planning, butterflies will soon be seeing your garden as a safe haven for them to feed, and lay their young. When that happens, you can sit back, relax, and watch these graceful insects fluttering through your garden.