Want to attract more butterflies to your garden this year? Plan and design a butterfly garden now with these easy tips.
Creating a butterfly garden in the fall is a fun and rewarding way to attract butterflies to your yard and help support their populations. It may be winter, but you can plan and design your butterfly garden now. Here's what you need to know!
Choose a spot in your yard that receives at least 6-8 hours of sun for your butterfly garden, because butterflies love basking in the sun.
Choose perennials and native plants for your garden that provide nectar for adult butterflies and host plants for their caterpillars like milkweed, coneflowers, and butterfly weed.
Butterflies need water, but they can’t drink from deep pools. Make sure you include a shallow dish of water filled with sand or stones in your design so that butterflies can land and drink safely.
Butterflies need shelter to escape from predators and harsh weather conditions. Shrubs, trees, and tall grasses provide shelter and roosting spots for butterflies. So make sure you include them in your design.
Avoid using pesticides in your butterfly garden. Opt for native plants in your garden design so you can avoid using pesticides at all.
Design your garden with easy care plants that won't be as much upkeep for you during the growing season. Rudbeckia, coneflowers, sedum autumn joy, liatris and butterfly weed are great options.
Follow along to learn more about butterfly gardening.