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8 Ways To Attract Beautiful Butterflies To Your Garden

These tips and strategies will help you attract butterflies to your garden, including a list of flowers they love!

By following these few tips, butterflies will be enticed to visit your lawn and garden areas this summer, when butterflies are the most active.

Butterfly Garden Tips

  1. Don’t use chemical insecticides in the butterfly garden.
  2. Establish your flower garden where it will receive full sun. Butterflies need direct sunlight for flying power.
  3. Like hummingbirds, butterflies are attracted to flowers by color. Group flowers that butterflies favor in clusters.
  4. Plant taller species toward the back of the flowerbed and shorter flowers at the front to get the best view of both flowers in bloom and butterflies in flight.
  5. Butterflies do not drink from open water but are drawn to moisture instead. Fill a saucer with potting soil or a sponge and add water to moisten. Place the saucer in the flower garden and keep soil or sponge moist through the summer.
  6. Set a rock in a sunny place in your garden for butterflies to alight on. Butterflies sun on rocks for energy to fly.
  7. What’s the most popular plant used to lure butterflies? The brilliantly orange Butterfly Weed and Butterfly Bush, of course.
  8. Plant botanicals that produce nectar and attract butterflies. See lists below.

Flowers Butterflies Love

Ageratum
Marigolds
Aster
Bee-balm
Milkweed
Black-eyed Susan
Nasturtium
Butterfly Weed
Passionflower
Chives
Phlox
Coneflower
Queen Anne’s Lace
Coreopsis
Shasta Daisy
Cosmos
Sage
Daylily
Sunflower
Strawflower
Globe Amaranth
Verbena
Goldenrod
Yarrow
Hibiscus
Zinnia
Hollyhock
Impatiens
Ironweed
Lantana

Flowering Shrubs, Trees and Vines Butterflies Frequent:

Butterfly Bush
Cypress Vine
Mock Orange Tree
Pear
Plum
Redbud
Rose of Sharon
Tulip Tree

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Deborah Tukua

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.

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