The great news if you have a sunny spot, you can plant for butterflies! Have you visited the Krohn Butterfly Show or the Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Garden and wished you had beautiful butterflies in your garden? Let’s talk about creating a butterfly garden.
Creating a Butterfly Garden
Choosing a location
You want a sunny spot in the garden with a bit of wind protection.
To create a butterfly garden that looks great year round you want to mix shrubs, perennials, and annuals. You can plant larger plants like salvia, butterfly bush, and lavender in the back of your beds. Then, add perennials and seasonal color.
Choosing the Right Plants
You want to choose butterfly-friendly plants that are high producers of pollen and nectar. Butterflies us their sense of smell and sight to determine if it is a nectar-rich plant. Did you know they smell through their feet? And, they love the color!
TOP 12 Plants for Butterflies
(That are not butterfly weed or milkweed)
Milkweed and Butterfly Weed are excellent choices for bringing butterflies to the garden. However, if you are looking for more plants there are hundreds of other choices for bringing wing wonders to your garden.
Plant these and they will come!
TOP 12 Plants for Bringing Butterflies
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