Enjoy The Beauty -
Create Your Own Butterfly Garden.

Have you always dreamed of having your own butterfly garden? The fluttering of graceful butterflies in your garden can be a dream come true if you plan for it carefully.

Some of the adult butterflies flutter from flower to flower and sip nectar from the various different types of flowers in the garden, while other adult butterflies hunt for the perfect spot to lay their larvae.

When it comes to nectars, know that just as different people like different foods, different butterflies like different nectars. So, if you want different types of butterfies, you need different types of flowers.

It's best to look at your butterfly garden differently than you look at other types of gardens because, if you don't, your first instinct will probably be to kill off nasty pests, larvae, and other creatures. However, for the best results in a butterfly garden, you should not use any chemicals at all!

In you want to have butterflies fluttering around in your landscape, you will need to create a safety zone for them so that they feel safe and welcome there. Butterflies will come back time and time again if they feel safe, so plan your garden near or around trees to attract more and more of these beautiful creatures to your garden.

They hunt for an area to take shelter from the elements - gusty winds, rain, and storms. This is why shrubs and trees are so important in this type of garden; they protect them and provide shelter. During the typical sunny summer day, butterflies like to flutter about in the wide-open spaces of your lawn and garden.

Butterflies are also attracted to other areas of your garden to obtain food for their offspring. They seek soft, sandy-like soil to find water. This type of soil allows for puddles of water after a rainstorm and becomes a butterfly's delight. In an established butterfly garden, you can often watch the developing stages of the caterpillar to the butterfly.

If you want the Black Swallowtail or the Anise Swallowtail, plant parsley, fennel, or dill in your garden. Keep in mind that different types of butterflies are drawn to different plants and flowers. Another example is the Fritillary butterfly, which prefers Lupine flowers. Snapdragons will attract butterflies that are native in your own area, or you can check with your local nursery to see what types of flowers or plants are known for attracting your favorite species.

As your flowers, shrubs, and plants grow, the number of butterflies attracted to your garden will increase. The plants and flowers that you put in your garden the first year will probably only attract a few, but as the years go by and a nice, safe haven for them is created, they will be encouraged to stay in your garden instinctively.

So now you can see the importance of planning properly for a butterfly garden! You do this by creating an atmosphere that they will love... an area that provides food, water, shelter, and fragrance, and you will have a beautiful garden to enjoy for years to come.

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