Butterfly Gardening


Butterfly gardening is the art of growing flowers and plants that will attract butterflies.

Butterflies are attracted to flowers that have nectar instead of pollen, like Honeysuckle, Milk Weed, Summer Lilac, Valerian, Daisies, Purple cone-flower, Yellow Sage, Pentas, and of course  Butterfly Bush and Butterfly Weed.

 If you own cats rethink your plans, because it would be a shame to attract these lovely insects to their death.

The design your butterfly garden is a matter of personal preference. Typical points to consider are the size of your garden and the types of flowers and plants you want to grow.

 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.
Some people find it helpful to draw and color a layout of their butterfly gardening 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.


"God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures". ~Frances Bacon

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