By Cindy Naas
Attracting beautiful butterflies to your garden all summer long is easy if you create a butterfly garden for these lovely creatures.
There are many plants which are perfect for smaller gardens and even some which can be grown in pots. Why not build a butterfly garden to enjoy this summer?
Elements Of The Butterfly Garden
A successful butterfly garden needs to include food for attracting mature butterflies as well as food for caterpillars. Butterflies also need a source of water. Combining these requirements can make a garden which is attractive to butterflies and people, too. Creating a beautiful small landscape with the plants below will repay the gardener with the sight of butterflies sitting on flowers and hovering in the air in the garden.
Butterflies eat flower nectar. The following are good sources of nectar and butterflies love these plants. Items with a * are good choices for container growing.
New England asters*
Joe Pye weed
black eyed Susan
Rose of Sharon
In addition to providing food, butterflies need a source of water. Butterflies don’t drink directly but stand on mud or damp sand and drink from the earth. They also get trace minerals by doing this. A cheap and easy way to provide water for your butterflies is to create a butterfly lick.
Just fill a terra cotta dish with sand and organic black earth soil mixed together and keep it very damp all summer long. If you already have a water feature such as a pond or bubble fountain, adding a few rocks wedged into the dirt surrounding it will give butterflies a good place to stand and sip water.
As the plant lists show, attracting butterflies can be as easy as adding a few herbs and flowers in pots to your existing garden. Creating a small garden filled with plants butterflies love will allow you to watch these elegant creatures all summer long.
Next: Building a wildlife pond