Butterflies are amazing creatures that can brighten up any garden. They are also crucial for the environment, as they help to pollinate flowers and plants. If you want to attract butterflies to your garden, you can do a few things. This blog post will discuss six easy ways to get those beautiful butterflies fluttering around your garden!

It starts with the plants

Butterflies are a vital part of any garden ecosystem – not to mention their beauty and fascination. They are essential pollinators, helping fertilize plants as they feed on nectar. Creating a butterfly-friendly garden starts with understanding what these delicate creatures need to thrive. Butterflies need access to nectar-rich flowers and host plants on which to lay their eggs. To encourage butterflies to stay through the season try planting flowers that bloom at different times throughout the year. You can create an inviting space for these winged visitors with a little effort. (Link to a source for plants)

Red Admiral on Echinacea
Close up of an admiral butterfly sitting on a pink echinacea flower. In the background another blossom and lavender are blurred.

Add some fruit to the mix

Flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies, but they will also feed on the sugars from rotting fruit. So, if you have some old browning bananas that you’re planning to compost, consider leaving them out for the butterflies. The riper the fruit is, the better to attract butterflies to your garden. 

Butterfly on cantaloupe.

Leave the weeds

Butterflies are some of the most beloved insects in the world, known for their beauty and grace. However, these creatures would not exist without caterpillars. Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies, and they spend their early lives voraciously eating leaves to fuel their transformation into adults. To support the growth of caterpillars, gardeners should allow their gardens to be wild around the edges. This means leaving some areas untamed, with tall grasses and weeds that provide food and shelter for these insects. While it might not be the neatest solution, it is necessary for the survival of butterflies and moths.

Garden weeds.
weeds – nettle, thistle, wormwood on a field close up

Avoid pesticides

Pesticides are designed to kill insects, and while they may be effective at controlling pests, they can also be harmful to butterflies and other pollinators. Butterflies can be poisoned by contacting treated plants or eating contaminated pollen. So if you want to do your part for butterfly conservation, avoid using pesticides near your flowering plants. Be aware that plants bought from the garden center may have been previously treated with pesticides, so it’s best to choose untreated plants whenever possible. By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure that your garden will continue to attract butterflies.

Butterflies are solar powered

Butterflies need the sun to get moving and enjoy the warmth. Try to pick out spots in full sun to place your plants. Butterflies enjoy basking in the sun and are attracted to areas where the sun hits. Because of this, it is a good idea to try to pick out spots in your yard with full sun to grow your plants.

Swallowtail basking in the sun

Don’t forget shelter

When it rains, or there are cloudy days, butterflies will often take shelter underneath large leaves or in other sheltered spots. Therefore, it’s important to provide trees and shrubs around the garden for butterflies to shelter in during times of inclement weather.

While we often think of butterflies as being active in the summer months, many species spend the winter in a state of dormancy. Butterflies that overwinter in all life stages are often hidden in the leaf litter, so it’s important not to tidy up too much over winter. Letting leaves gather and keeping pruning to a minimum will ensure that your garden is full of butterflies next spring.

By following these simple tips, you can create a beautiful butterfly garden that will bring joy to your home and provide the necessary habitat for butterflies. If you would like to learn more about how to attract butterflies to your garden, or if you are interested in taking a guided butterfly tour, please get in touch with us today. Our team of experts would be happy to share their knowledge with you and help you get started on creating a butterfly-filled paradise right in your backyard!


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