Butterflies in the Garden

Butterflies in the Garden

If you want more excitement and colour in your garden, butterflies are the key to achieving this. But in order to get them to come you have to choose native plants, and luckily in the United States there are nearly 400 native flowers to choose from.

These flowers provide both nectar and shelter for butterflies. Large butterflies like the Monarch like flowers that have flat tops like daisies, coneflowers, and zinnias — these flowers offer them a place to have a seat and a sip of nectar. Butterflies generally enjoy flowers with spikes of closely spaced small flowers like the liatris or the yarrow’s round topped flowers, and every single butterfly loves the colour purple.

The scented blooms of the echinacea coneflower is a favourite of the Black Swallowtail. “Blue Fortune” hyssop has long tubular flower, which will attract Monarchs in flocks during the summer. Butterfly weed this flower from June through August, and this is also the place where Monarch likes to lay its larvae. Swallowtails also love Black-eyed Susans, which grow abundantly and are great as cut flowers.

[Via: Chicago Sun-Times]

Butterflies in the Garden was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by admin
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