Early in the summer, we went hiking on our Colorado road trip. My kids noticed a beautiful black, white and purple butterfly on one of the trails. We had never seen a butterfly like that before – and it captured the kids’ attention for about 15 minutes before flying away. Everyone wished we had butterflies like that around our house. That little Colorado butterfly is what inspired us to plant a butterfly garden.
A butterfly garden is just like a regular flower garden – except it is full of specific flowers, herbs and plants that attract butterflies. I did a bit of research and made a list of common butterfly garden plants. My list (see below) includes annual and perennial flowers and herbs that attract butterflies. I visited my local nursery to see which ones I could find to plant in our garden. I bolded the names of the flowers we planted in our butterfly garden.
Flowers and Plants that Attract Butterflies
Queen Anne’s lace
*Butterfly Garden Tip: It is helpful to go organic in the garden. When you use powerful toxic chemicals to kill harmful garden insects, it kills the good insects (like butterflies), too. An organic gardening approach is safer for the ecosystem. Plus, you won’t risk exposing yourself, family, and pets to poisonous chemicals. I found a lot of helpful tips in Julie Turner’s Organic Food Gardening Beginner’s Manual.
Our Butterfly Garden Success.
It took less than a week for the butterflies to start showing up at our garden. Since we planted the butterfly garden, we have seen at least 3 different species of butterfly out there. We have lived in our house for three summers now, and this is the first year butterflies have visited us. I know it has everything to do with our flower garden.
Next year, my family will plant even more of the flowers, plants and herbs that attract our beautiful winged guests. My kids love to help water the flowers.
Gardening with less chemicals is healthier for the butterflies, and for everyone else in the environment.
What are some ways your family is enjoying the outdoors this summer? Does your family enjoy raising a garden? Going on family picnics? Hosting barbeque parties?