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A Butterfly Garden will give you plenty of relaxation and enjoyment.
A Butterfly Garden will give you plenty of relaxation and enjoyment.
Typically, the butterfly garden is more about plants and plant selection than design. Certain flowers and plants will attract certain types of butterflies and if you plant these you will find that butterflies flock to your garden to sip on the nectar of the plants and sit in idle beauty waiting for you to view or photograph them.

This type of thinking can in fact be incorporated into nearly any landscaping project or currently existing design, The most important part of a butterfly garden, will be the kinds of plants and flowers that will attract the butterflies and serve them well as food, or nectar.

A butterfly garden is a remarkably easy way to see more of the butterflies that we all love and to help toward saving their environment since it has in fact been phased out and created some natural habitat issues with the urbanization of nearly every country on earth. Natural butterfly habitats have become scarcer in number as homes and factories increase.

It is easy to raise the number and types of butterflies that you see in your garden or yard simply by planting the plants that they like to feed on and plants on which they like to lay eggs. Caterpillar friendly plants are also an important aspect of butterfly gardens.

Attract beautiful butterflies like this Monarch to your garden!
Attract beautiful butterflies like this Monarch to your garden!
Plants with various blooms which cycle according to seasons will work well when placed together to assure that your garden blooms from early spring to late fall, and remains active all throughout the butterfly and the growing season in your area.

A butterfly garden can be any size at all, even down to a window box on your sill, or as great as an entire field of untended wildflowers left to grow at will on your property. When you begin to plan your garden try to stay within the realm of plants that occur in nature in your area.

Things such as milkweed will be great draws to nearly any type of butterfly, however another tip might be, to learn what butterflies are most common in your area. What will naturally be drawn to your area is what you might like to plant for when choosing plants to incorporate into your garden.

Avoid using pesticides in your garden to make your butterfly garden a friendly habitat.
Avoid using pesticides in your garden to make your butterfly garden a friendly habitat.
The adult butterflies will stay for longer periods of time if they find plants on which they feel at ease laying eggs as well as nectar plants for food. If possible, and it won’t make you too crazed, try to permit your lawn to grow dandelions and some clover which are both plants that butterflies are drawn to.

Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides, both of which can harm not only the ground and the plants but also the butterflies themselves.

Flowers which are provided in sunny places such as around a rock wall or a fenced area will attract more as they will want to sit and bask in the sun as they eat, while also having some bush and shrub areas to provide shade in the heat of the day and to protect them from wind and rain.

As you watch you will see the elaborate routines that butterflies have. Males will drive others away, while females choose so carefully where to lay their eggs. All in all, it is well worth your time and an extra dandelion in the yard isn’t it?

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