Designing the Perfect Butterfly Garden

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What is butterfly gardening?

butterfly in butterfly garden

A butterfly garden is a work of natural art. At least, when you’re done it looks like art. Sort of like a Monet painting, but with the delicious smells that come from the blooming flowers.

Growing flowers and plants that will attract colorful and dainty butterflies to your garden is actually quite easy. Delight your family and visitors with beautiful butterflies, but be sure to create a safe habitat for them. Watch out for cats! It would be a shame to attract these lovely insects to their death.

Butterfly Garden Design

butterfly garden design

The design your butterfly garden is a matter of personal preference. Typical points to consider are the size of your garden and the types of flowers and plants you want to grow. Pick a style of garden that appeals to you, but make sure it also contains the plants and flowers that appeal to the butterflies you wish to attract.

It is important to find out which plants and flowers will attract the species of butterflies that live in our area.

To create the kind of environment that they find attractive, you will also need water of some kind.

birdbath in butterfly garden

A birdbath will look attractive and keep the butterflies up off the ground, away from stray cats or mischievous puppies. A shallow dish on a post or hung in a tree will do just as well.

When planting your butterfly garden be careful how you coordinate the colors you choose for your flowerbeds.

Although butterflies do not care about your choice of color, you don’t want your garden to be a hodgepodge of unrelated colors and textures.

Butterflies are attracted to those flowers that have nectar rather than pollen, like honeysuckle, milkweed, summer lilac, Valerian, daisies, Purple Coneflower, Yellow Sage, day lilies and lavender.

Some people find it helpful to draw and color a layout of their butterfly gardening plan to see what the finished product would look like.

Keep in mind that warm colors like red and orange are flashy and showy. These colors have a greater impact against a strong green background. Cool colors such as blue and purple are soothing and toned down and would work better with a white contrast to create the look of freshness and brightness.

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