Cultivating a special home in your yard for butterflies will
introduce your children to a world of beauty and wonder. It's
a project that you and your family will enjoy in the planting
stages, and long after. There are five basic things to remember
when planning a butterfly garden:
1. Butterflies love sunlight! Whether you choose to plant a
traditional garden or a container garden, make sure that the
plants are in direct sunlight for much of the day.
2. Butterflies like to "puddle." Your garden needs a sort of
watering hole for the butterflies to drink from. This can be
done by simply filling a terra cotta pot or small plastic
bucket with small rocks or pebbles about two inches from the
brim. Add water to fill the remaining space. Place the puddle
in the center of your garden.
3. Butterflies like lots of color! Group clusters of the same
plant together to make them easier for butterflies to see. A
group of colorful flowers attracts them easier than single
4. Butterflies love to eat nectar. Use several of these nectar-
producing plants to attract them: milkweed, azalea, goldenrod,
black-eyed susan, zinnia, aster, phlox, Japanese honeysuckle,
ironweed. A few nectar-producing shrubs are: butterfly bush,
various fruit trees, privet, lilac and redbud.
5. Butterflies need a place to lay there eggs. Witness the
entire lifecycle of your new garden friend! Provide host plants
where female butterflies can lay their eggs. Some host plants
include: snapdragon, violets, milkweed, daisies, parsley, dill,
Queen Anne's Lace, aster and clovers.
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