There’s something magical about the beauty and delicacy of butterflies. Wouldn’t it be fun to have them as frequent visitors around your home? Here’s how to invite them into your yard.
1. Learn your butterflies. Research local websites for butterfly field guides highlighting types native to your area. Pay close attention to the types of plants that will attract them. What they like to feed on and what they like to lay eggs on may differ so make sure your garden offers both.
2. Placing your butterfly garden. Choose colorful, nectar-rich flowers and plant them near a window for easy viewing. Pro tip: What attracts butterflies also attracts bees so you may want to avoid patios or other outdoor seating areas.
3. Water. Butterflies get much of their hydration from nectar, but they still need water. Keep your bushes hydrated, misting them so that water beads on the leaves. Small puddles of standing water also help butterflies find moisture.
4. Sun and shade. Steady sunshine is important for butterflies, but a good balance of sun and shade is ideal. In the early morning, butterflies will often find a sunny place to let the sun warm them. In the heat of a summer day, shade is needed from temperature extremes.
5. Wind protection. Situate your butterfly garden with enough shrubbery and a solid fence or wall next to it to supply a wind shield. Because they are so delicate, butterflies can be carried off in a stiff wind.