Planting a butterfly garden is a great way to attract native butterflies to your yard and help preserve local butterfly populations. Butterfly gardens can be any size: a window box, part of your landscaped yard, or even a wild untended area on your property. Carefully selected plants provide food for caterpillars or nectar sources for butterflies, which will certainly help to have a yard full of butterflies throughout the growing season.
Steps to Creating your Butterfly Garden
- Do your homework first, and research which butterflies are native to your area. Make a list of the butterflies you want to attract, as this will reflect your choices in planting, between nursery and native flowers and plants.
- Learn which flowers and plants these butterflies prefer to feed on and lay eggs on. What do these plants look like? How tall or big will they grown? What conditions do these plant need to thrive?
- Go to your local nursery. Many nurseries are butterfly-friendly and can help you find the right plants for your garden.
- You can add some butterfly garden accessories like an additional nectar source close by to supplement your flowers.
- Place your favorite outdoor furniture nearby, so that you can enjoy your fluttering visitors. Scientists, environmentalists, and politicians have brought threats to biodiversity and habitat loss to the attention of people around the world. You can be proud that your butterfly garden has made a habitat for butterflies in your own yard, which helps with the conservation of the many species of quickly disappearing butterflies today.