Great way to invite beautiful butterflies in your garden

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Butterflies visit a garden for two things: In search of food (nectar) which they get from butterfly friendly flowers and for host plants to lay their eggs. So if you are making a butterfly garden, ensure you grow both butterfly friendly flowers that are nectar rich and host plants, type of plants that caterpillars prefer to eat.

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Grow butterfly friendly plants

Grow nectar plants in containers to attract butterflies. Wildflowers and weeds and flowers of non-hybrid varieties are suitable.

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Also, choose plants that have long blooming season. Mums, yarrow, queen Anne’s lace, gaura, lantana, nemesia, zinnia, lavender, petunia, marigold, cosmos, verbena, butterfly weed, and pentas.

Plant host plants

Growing host plants when making a butterfly garden is important too. Host plants will attract the butterflies, they will lay the eggs on the bottom of their leaves, which will later become the caterpillar and feed on host plants.

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You can grow black eyed susan, common milkweed, asters, coneflowers, hollyhock, nasturtiums, herbs like dill and fennel and climbers like passionflower vine.

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Flower color matters

Do you know butterflies can see colors and they attract more towards bold and warm colors: Yellow, pink, red, purple, lavender, bluish green or orange.

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Also, the flowers that bloom in clusters, short tubular flowers or those with large flat petals lures them.

Avoid the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides

If you’re making a butterfly garden, you must know the use of pesticides discourage the pollinators and kill them too. So avoid using them.

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Instead, introduce beneficial insects like ladybugs, praying mantis and lacewings and use organic solutions.

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Plant densely and grow flowers in masses

Pollinators attract towards the areas where plants are planted densely and flowers appear in masses as they prefer to flutter from flower to flower.

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