Butterfly Gardens Gifts
Butterflies are iconic and symbolic. These amazing transformational
insects represent a special meaning to a lot of people.
Butterflies and butterfly designs on t-shirts, hats, mugs,
tote bags, sneakers, magnets, stickers, aprons, mouse pads,
speakers, and more.
Plants for Butterfly Gardens
Gardening is a wonderful pastime that creates beauty
outside our homes as well as enchanting flowers and
plants to decorate inside our homes. If we add the
extra element of butterflies, those flying jewels,
to our gardening efforts, all the better. This article
will give you a couple of basic butterfly gardening
plans and some tips to get you started attracting
and adding butterflies to your garden.
You probably have heard it before but perhaps the
easiest way to begin your butterfly gardening plans
is to simply check out what type of plants and flowers
attract butterflies in your local area. Take a walk
about your neighborhood and see where the butterflies
alight. What flowers and plants in your neighbors'
yards have butterflies flitting around them? Where
nature still rules with wild plantings, what plants
have butterfly caterpillars crawling on them? Which
ones do the butterflies draw nectar from?
Do you see females laying eggs on certain types of
plants? Those are host plants for the butterfly caterpillar
to eat and grow up on till they are ready to become
butterflies. To keep butterflies in your own butterfly
garden, you will want to include some of these.
Next keep a sharp eye open for the nectar plants the
adult butterflies use. If you are lucky enough to
find they enjoy your favorite flowers, rejoice.
More than likely you will find your butterfly gardening
plans should include an area where you allow the local
native plants a chance to grow. Perhaps you can tuck
it away in a corner where the neighbors just won't
see if you are unfortunate enough to live where your
yard must comply with certain rules. Just be sure
the area has a sunny spot as butterflies like lots
of sunshine to warm and get them flying every day.
Now if a wild bit of native plants just won't fly,
then you can still provide some plants that will attract
butterflies and add them to your butterfly gardening
plans. Be sure your garden also includes a water source,
sunshine, shelter, nectar plants and host plants for
One basic plan could include such plants as lilacs,
butterfly bush, Sweet William, zinnias, marigolds,
phlox and aster. Or you might want to try the combination
of sedum, Rudbeckia, some different mints and, of
course, butterfly bush again. If you can grow it,
butterfly bush is the standard plant to be included
in any butterfly gardening plan.
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