Easy Butterfly Garden Plan
Several years ago, I decided to create a butterfly garden.
Best Butterfly Flowers
Over the years, my appreciation for flowers and nature "blossomed".
Bird watching became one of my hobbies. This seemed to naturally lead to observing the butterflies that occasionally visited my garden.
This is when I decided to create a garden to attract butterflies.
Aster (left) Zinnia (middle) Joe Pye Weed (right)
After scouring numerous books and loads of information on butterfly flowers and plants, I experimented in my own garden.
I will share with you what I learned and which of these really attracted butterflies.
Although I love gardening, I did NOT want to spend HOURS taking care of my garden.
This is when I discovered native plants....some favorites are, Swamp Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Asters and Meadow Blazing Star.
The tremendous advantages of native plants:
- Historical....they evolved over thousands of years
- Practical.....they require minimal attention and care
- Durable.....resist pests and disease
- Naturally beautiful
- Provide food and cover for wildlife
Since natural sort of "fits my personality", I decided to try some of the native plants of our area.
Not surprisingly, I discovered that native plants are a favorite of the butterflies
You can combine these with some favorite butterfly annuals, such as zinnias and a few other butterfly favorites.
If you are gardening for butterflies and want to observe the entire life cycle of the butterfly, i.e. all of the unique butterfly stages, be sure and include in your plan:
The above links will give you detailed information and specific suggestions on the top nectar flowers and host plants to add to your garden for butterflies. Also, here is a butterfly garden plan I designed with some of the top butterfly plants.
Check out these discount butterfly garden plants including a butterfly garden kit and monarch butterfly host plants or....
For a cheap garden that attracts butterflies, why don't you try growing the seeds yourself with one of the butterfly seed kits below......
Garden Seed Kits for Butterflies
- Easy Garden for Butterflies Kit includes (# of seeds): 25 Tropical Milkweed, 20 Zinnia elegans and 20 Zinnia lilliput.
- Small Garden for Butterflies Kit includes (# of seeds): 15 Swamp Milkweed, 30 Tropical Milkweed, 25 Joe Pye Weed, 20 New England Aster, 15 Zinnia elegans, 15 Zinnia lilliput and 25 Bee Balm Monarda fistula.
- Large Garden for Butterflies Kit includes (# of seeds): 20 Swamp Milkweed, 40 Tropical Milkweed, 40 Joe Pye Weed, 30 New England Aster, 25 Zinnia elegans, 25 Zinnia lilliput and 40 Bee Balm Monarda fistula.
- Host Plant Garden for Butterflies Kit includes (# of seeds): 25 Swamp Milkweed (Monarch), 40 Tropical Milkweed (Monarch), 20 Rue (Black Swallowtail)
PLEASE NOTE: I have started these flowers from seed myself. The Tropical Milkweed, Zinnia elegans and Zinnia lilliput are easy to start from seed and grow quickly. The perennial seeds are much slower to grow. The Swamp Milkweed seeds need to be refrigerated for 1 month first or sown in the ground in the fall. Here is the best method for starting seeds that I have found.
Are you ready??........follow me into a garden for butterflies....