Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly gardening is growing in popularity; and for good reason. Butterflies add interest and beauty to the landscape. These “flying flowers” come in many forms and colors. Kids absolutely love them and the wonder of watching a caterpillar transform into a butterfly is captivating enough to keep both children and adults mesmerized.

swallowtail on thistle

You may not see many butterflies in your landscape and doubt that there are many in your neighborhood, but when it comes to butterflies the old adage is true, “if you build it they will come!”

Plants for a butterfly garden come in two types: nectar producing plants to attract adult butterflies and larval food plants to feed their caterpillars.

Add a few of these to your landscape and avoid applying any insecticides to these plants. You’ll soon be enjoying the show put on by a host of fluttering visitors.