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Friday's Garden Goods: How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

5 Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

How do you attract butterflies to your garden? It's actually simpler than you think. Choose a few of our suggestions below and wait for them. They will appreciate your work!

  1. What do butterflies eat? Place old fruit in your garden.  Peel open an old banana or half a rotten what_do_butteflies_eatapple, and put it in a saucer/dish for the butterflies.  If you are worried about ants, place the dish on a stand and coat the stand with Tanglefoot Pest Barrier - a sticky, pesticide alternative that also works great for use with hummingbird feeders, just $7.99 for a 15 oz tub.
  2. Butterflies are cold blooded, provide them with a place to sun themselves and warm their bodies on cool mornings/evenings such as a concrete statue or large boulder.  They will perch and spread their wings allowing you to enjoy their beautiful colors.
  3. Butterflies need water, but cannot stand in a pool or birdbath.  You will often see butterflies sipping water from wet mulch or a gravel puddle. You can create a water source for butterflies by filling a terra cotta saucer with water, and small pebbles, then place it in the garden.  The butterflies will suck the moisture out of sides of the porous terra cotta saucer and perch on the small pebbles.
  4. Plant what they like! A few favorites:plants_for_butterflies
  • ANNUALS: Lantana, Pentas, Ageratum, Verbena, Cleome.  
  • PERENNIALS: Butterfly Bushes, Agastache, Sedum, Joe-Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, Asters, and more.  All of the above are on sale this week so stop in and check it out.
 5. Plant food sources for the caterpillars.  Mommy butterflies lay their eggs on the plants their babies will eat.  This is different for each species of butterfly, but here's a list of plants that will please a wide variety of butterfly larva: Milkweed (Monarchs), Parsley, Dill, and Willow (if you don't have room for a 100 ft weeping willow, you can plant a Dwarf Arctic Blue Willow Shrub).  
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