Attracting butterflies to your garden is easy with the right plants and place in your yard. You don’t need a large space to attract butterflies or need to be a master gardener. Creating a butterfly garden is a good way for a beginner to get some gardening experience and enjoy one of God’s great creatures.
First, you’ll need to buy plants that attract butterflies and to your garden. Picking plants that attract caterpillars also will give you the opportunity to see the entire life cycle. Some of the plants according to Better Homes and Garden that attract butterflies are phlox, anise hyssop, butterfly weed, aster, purple coneflower, lantana, salvia, and pentas. If you’re a beginner buy plants that are low maintenance will help your garden be a success. Buying plants with single flowering plants are better than double flowering plants so butterflies can retrieve the nectar easily. If you need help finding plants ask the garden center associate for help.
Once you’ve chosen your plants you’ll need to choose sunny areas in your yard. It’s better to find multiple places for butterflies than one place in your yard. Since butterflies like to land on things in your yard placing flat rocks around the garden will give them a place to land. This will give them a place to land when they are not drinking nectar or flying.
Creating a butterfly water dish with an old bird bath or build your own with an old plate on a stand near the butterfly plants. The butterflies will get their water from the bath, which will keep them in your yard longer. Upcycled Stuff made a small butterfly feeder for her patio with a thrift store found salad dish and sundae dish. You can use old containers for your butterfly garden instead of buying new pots. Make sure you drill holes in the bottom.
If you’re like a lot of people that don’t have a yard or cannot dig in your own yard you can create your own butterfly garden by planting the butterfly garden plants in containers instead of in the ground. Even a couple of small pots on a patio or balcony will attract butterflies to your in home.
Once your butterfly garden is created you’ll need to maintain it in order to keep the butterflies coming back day after day. You’ll need to keep the plants watered daily depending on how wet or dry your soil is by sticking a finger into the soil. You don’t need to purchase any special watering jugs for your garden. Adventure in Fluff has a tutorial showing how you can upcycle a milk jug into a watering can. Once your butterfly garden is created all you have to do is sit back and enjoy watching the butterflies come to your garden and if you’re a photo bug you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures.