One of the things children enjoy most about springtime is the arrival of butterflies. They can’t wait to see their first butterfly so they can chase and catch them, only to let them go. To enhance your child’s enjoyment this spring, you can learn how to attract butterflies into your garden by considering the plants that are there.
Gardens that attract the most butterflies are those that are colorful. They have fragrant flowers and use no or minimal chemicals so the butterflies will have a safe area to visit. Butterflies also like gardens that are near the tree line, so you might want to consider a specific location near trees for your butterfly garden.
Since many butterflies are searching for an area for their larva, your garden will need a variety of flowers and plants for both the caterpillars and adults. Don’t expect a large variety or number of butterflies the first year or so. More butterflies will visit your garden as your plants, flowers, and bushes grow to maturity.
Be sure to incorporate areas that can act as shelters for butterflies during stormy weather. The trees and shrubs in your garden will provide this shelter during rainy weather. Group the plants together to make it easier for butterflies to find your garden. They’ll enjoy the open areas of your lawn and garden during the warmer, sunny days. Continue reading →