Butterfly Gardens Gifts
Butterflies are iconic and symbolic. These amazing transformational
insects represent a special meaning to a lot of people.
Butterflies and butterfly designs on t-shirts, hats, mugs,
tote bags, sneakers, magnets, stickers, aprons, mouse pads,
speakers, and more.
Butterfly Garden Designs
When creating a design for your garden, you might
choose to have a theme or goal for your garden. For
example, you may want to attract certain birds, bees,
or butterflies to your garden. As a result, your garden
can be enjoyed by not only the creatures which are
attracted to the garden, but also by you.
Attracting butterflies is a popular theme for many
gardeners. The goal, of course, is to create a butterfly
garden design that butterflies will find attractive.
There are many considerations and features to include
in the butterfly garden design. You’ll want to take
the time to find just the right elements for the garden
location and for the types of plants needed to attract
the butterflies. Though it’s not hard to create a
butterfly garden design, there are many helpful gardening
books and internet sites where additional information
can be found.
Plants for a Butterfly Garden Design
Adult butterflies are attracted to flowers. Butterflies
feed on the nectar from the flowers. Incorporating
many flowering plants of various colors into the butterfly
garden design will inevitably attract adult butterflies.
Plants such as butterfly bush, butterfly weed, azalea,
lilac, marigold and impatiens will be big attractors.
Milkweed, dogbane, thistles and nettles are appropriate
plants if the goal of the butterfly garden design
is to make an attractive area for butterflies at all
stages of life. These are not usually desirable plants
for your garden, but these plants offer a location
for butterflies to lay their eggs and create a food
source for the resulting caterpillars to feed.
A Few Other Items to Include In a Butterfly Garden
Water is a necessary element for your butterfly garden
design. A small pool, a bird bath, or a couple small
pans inset in the soil will make nice pools of water
for the butterflies. Also, butterflies need an area
where they can warm themselves. Dark rocks or other
solid objects that absorb the heat from the sun can
be place around the garden where the butterflies can
stop and rest.
Fresh fruit can be placed throughout your garden to
supplement the butterfly’s diet. Be sure to replace
the fruit often so that it is always fresh. Hummingbird
feeders are useful to butterflies and can be placed
in the garden. Butterflies will use the feeder and,
as a bonus, hummingbirds will enjoy your garden.
Finally, don’t forget to add a small bench and perhaps
even a gazebo so that you can sit and enjoy your beautiful
butterfly garden design. And don’t forget to have
About the Author
Jonathan Townsend works and gardens in Marietta, Ga.
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