With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, summertime flowers are making garden beds beautiful. But did you know that what you plant can also attract butterflies? You can easily plant flowers that butterflies love best. Here's how.
Colorful, graceful butterflies add interest to your garden and are relaxing to watch.
Luckily, planting a backyard butterfly garden is easy and fun. And it's usually low-maintenance, making this a great go-to garden choice for almost any situation. In fact, butterflies love a natural look and feel, with plenty of places to “hide” among the blooms.
The key to raising your own butterflies is to grow plants that a chrysalis (cocoon) can attach to and which the young hatchlings can eat. The flowers and leaves should be the right types to give shelter for adult butterflies and provide plenty of surface area for them to lay eggs on.
By selecting plants that host butterflies throughout their entire life cycle, you'll be able to follow your “resident” butterflies though every life stage. This provides you and your loved ones and friends with a unique opportunity to observe a truly beautiful facet of nature: the life cycle of the beautiful butterfly.
Select a location that gets partial sun during the day and has at least one shady area. A spot at the edge of a wooded area or partly beneath a tree with a decent canopy will do the trick. Most butterfly plants like the sun, but butterflies look for shade when they're ready to form a chrysalis.
Now you're ready to get started.
If space is limited, you can still enjoy a butterfly garden. Simply plant your garden in containers.
You can use one of two different approaches.
Whether you have lots of space or only a few square feet, you can have a successful butterfly garden that provides beauty all summer and autumn long.
By planting appealing flowers, you'll be amazed at the creatures that come to make their home right before your very eyes.
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Is your garden ready for fall? You may be thinking it's too late for bulbs, but you do have fall flower choices - and you're going to love what we have in store for you. Plant your fall garden in advance so you can bring the gorgeous colors of autumn into your own yard. Here are our top pics for autumn magic in your own little slice of heaven.
It seems so simple: water your garden when it's dry, and you're good to go.
But actually, there is a right way to water (and quite a few not-very-right ways). Knowing proper watering techniques will not only keep your garden growing, it will help your plants grow stronger roots and resist disease. And you'll save money, too.
Here are our favorite tips for watering your garden and helping it look its very best.