Butterfly Garden Planning Guide

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Butterfly garden planning guides can come in very handy. These things are beautiful and growing in popularity. Butterflies are one of the most amazing and stunning creatures to watch. If you’re interested in growing a butterfly garden, it would be good to first make a butterfly garden planning guide for your gardening space. The mixture of colorful flowers and fluttering butterflies in your garden will please any gardener. Butterfly gardens can be large or small; a few pots, window boxes, a small plot in your yard, or up to a larger area such as a small field.

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Step 1

Your first step would be to find out what types of butterfly flowers are native to where you live. There are two types you should look for. The first would be nectar flowers, or food for the butterflies to eat. The next type is the flowers and plants that invite butterflies to lay their eggs on. This will insure butterflies throughout the growing season. Also, butterflies enjoy a variety of colored flowers. Butterflies see a wider spectrum of color than humans and will be lured by a variety of flowers and colors. Hughes of red and pink are some of their favorites.

Step 2

Your next step is finding out more about the plants you’ve chose. Some questions you should ask yourself is; How tall are they, how much room do they need, and what is their growing season. You can take photos of these flowers, or just draw a diagram with the names of the flowers to know how you’d like to situate them in your garden patch, or window boxes. This way you’ll have your garden planned out how you’d like it to look. Often time’s taller flowers are placed towards the rear and they are tapered to the lowest flowers in the front so that everything is visible. But you can also spread them willy-nilly and see how they grow, as long as you have a mixture of color and both feeding and egg-laying plants your butterfly garden should prosper.

Step 3

Butterfly flowers and butterflies alike enjoy the sun, and dislike high winds. A butterfly will not want to stay at a butterfly garden when they have to fight the wind, or have no where to rest or warm themselves. A variety of flat rocks can be placed in sunny places in the garden for butterflies to rest and warm their wings in the sun. There are a variety of ideas to form a wind block for your butterfly garden. A couple ideas could be planting some taller, wind break flowers or plants around your garden such as sunflowers or maybe even corn. You could also put a small wind break fence on the side of the garden where the strong winds will come from.

Step 4

Be sure to plant the immature flowers in the ground in spring to bloom in the summertime, or mature flowers in the late fall so they can be dormant during the winter and come back in the summer. If you’re planting native perennial flowers for your area, they should come back year after year and require very little effort from you after the initial planting. Some watering during dry seasons and perhaps pulling any invasive weeds would be about it for future care. You should never use chemical sprays in your butterfly garden.

Tricks and Hints

There are many resources online for planning your butterfly garden. As well as books and guides you can purchase about native plants and butterflies for your area. Butterfly gardens are satisfying and dazzling additions to any yard, and will supply you with many hours of relaxation watching these vibrant creatures and their showy flowers. You’ll find butterfly garden planning guides in various places online and off.

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Butterfly Garden Planning Guide, Seekyt
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.