Monday, April 4, 2016

Butterfly Gardening

It is that time of year. Already the pollen has been hitting and the bees buzzing. So for a project, I thought I'd do up a butterfly garden. Following is some interesting info I found to create one -- reprinted here with permission. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

So, what is butterfly gardening? Simply put, butterfly gardening is the art of growing flowers and plants that will attract the colorful and dainty creatures to your garden. Delight your family and visitors with beautiful butterflies but be sure to create a safe habitat for them. If you own cats, rethink your plans because it would be a shame to attract these lovely insects to their death.

The design for your butterfly garden is a matter of personal preference. Naturally. Typical points to consider include the size of your garden and the types of flowers and plants you want to grow. Pick a style of garden that appeals to you, but ensure it also contains the plants and flowers that appeal to the butterflies you wish to attract.

It is important to find out which plants and flowers will attract the species of butterflies that live in your area. This information can be found at the local library or by using Google.

To create the kind of environment that they find attractive, you will also need a water source of some kind. A birdbath will look attractive and keep the butterflies up off the ground, away from stray cats or mischievous puppies. A shallow dish on a post or hung in a tree will do just as well.

When planting a butterfly garden be careful how you coordinate the colors you choose for your flowerbeds. Although butterflies do not care about your choice of color, you don't want your garden to be a hodgepodge of unrelated colors and textures (or maybe you do). Butterflies are attracted to those flowers that have nectar rather than pollen, like honeysuckle, milkweed, summer lilac, Valerian, daisies, Purple Coneflower, Yellow Sage, day lilies, and lavender.

Some people find it helpful to draw and color a layout of their butterfly garden plan to see what the finished product would look like. Keep in mind that warm colors like red and orange are flashy and showy. These colors have a greater impact against a strong green background. Cool colors such as blue and purple are soothing and toned down and would work better with a white contrast to create the look of freshness and brightness.

I hope you've gotten a few good ideas and have decided to create your own butterfly garden. I'd love to hear what you've done to welcome the spring and to see some pictures!

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