To attract more butterflies to your garden, you will need to provide them with a few things they need.
Shelter from the wind, an open sunny spot, plants that act as hosts for their eggs and plants that
produce the nectar they need to drink
Above is a Monarch butterfly that visited our patio last summer. The flower he is feasting on is Asclepias. These butterflies journey from Canada to Mexico every year. Who wouldn’t enjoy their visit? We were thrilled and quickly ran for the camera and started to take pictures. Did you ever try to photograph a butterfly? Every time I think I’ve got him he flutters his wings. It’s a challenge to catch them while they are still. I love to watch butterflies, especially from the comfort of my porch or yard. There are plants that butterflies can’t stay away from, like the ones you’ll see below. I prefer perennials in my garden because most times they require a little less work.
The butterfly above is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. We see these in Pennsylvania, and here it is enjoying Verbena Bright Pink and Upright Violet. Planted in mass, the flowers resemble pompoms and are gracious with plenty of colors.
Keep butterflies around longer by planting more than one of their favorite plants. Plant these plants throughout your garden, instead of all at one place, and watch them fly from plant to plant.
Above is a Black Eastern Swallowtail feasting on the same plant as the Monarch Butterfly at the top of the page.
The next three plants you can buy directly from Burpee products. If you click on the picture, you will be taken to the Burpee website where you will see this and hundreds of other available plants and seeds. Convenience is the magic word!
The plant to the left is Moonbeam Coreopsis and attracts butterflies. It is a perennial and prefers full sun and also blooms most of the summer. Coreopsis is considered nectar rich and attracts adult butterflies
Echinacea is another nectar producing perennial that blooms mid to late summer
and attracts those butterflies. Just imagine these colors in your garden. The seed heads
remain long after the petals fall and feed the birds throughout the winter. A long time
favorite, the Coneflower is an attractive plant.
Butterflies need shelter in the garden, but also love sunny open spaces. Butterflies need a place to drink and a place to lay their eggs. This is where the host plants come in. If you can manage to have all these things, you will be successful getting butterflies to visit your garden. Below are a few host plants that you can find at most greenhouses and Burpee of course.
Below are the butterflies I enjoyed at the butterfly house at Key West Florida. It’s a beautiful place, almost heavenly, when you walk in the house and have gorgeous plants, birds and butterflies all around you. It’s therapy that invigorates you and reminds you of all the miracles that happen every day in our world, and all that can happen.
Hopefully, you will see more butterflies this season! Take some time to watch them and maybe even try to photograph a few. It’s quite a challenge!
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