Leave some weeds or wildflowers because they provide food for both caterpillars and butterflies. Use window jars, hanging pots, baskets, and other containers to attract butterflies to your patios, porches, and other visible parts of your landscape.
Filling your garden with fluttering insects will enhance the beauty of your flowerbeds while also supporting biodiversity.
Butterflies are common in gardens, but several species are declining due to habitat loss.
Here are some simple steps you can take to make your garden, patio, or windowsill more welcoming to visiting butterflies and encourage them to stay.
How do I get more butterflies in my garden?
- Provide food
- Create warmth
- Think about your area
- Maximise window boxes
- Leave fallen fruit on the ground
- Cut down on weeding
- Avoid pesticides
- Create shelter
What's the best plant to attract butterflies?
- Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
- Swamp Milkweed
- Flossflower (Ageratum)
- Coneflower (Echinacea)
- Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii)
- Pot Marigolds
- Black-Eyed Susan
- Blazing Star Flowers (Liatris spicata)
How do you lure butterflies?
- Plant a Wide Variety of Flowers.
- Serve up Water in a Butterfly-Friendly Format.
- Create a Spot for Sunbathing.
- Offer Shelter From the Storm.
- Play It Safe.
- Provide a Butterfly Maternity Ward.
- Give Them a Hangout.
What is the best time of year to raise butterflies?
In the spring and summer, butterflies can be raised. However, when fall arrives, be prepared to release your butterflies into the world. Butterflies migrate to warmer climates during the colder months.
What scents do butterflies find appealing?
Pollinators love apricot, cherry, plum, apple, and crab apple trees in the spring. A sweet acacia tree will add interest and a heady scent to your bee and butterfly garden. The yellow flowers on the acacia tree bloom in early spring, attracting bees and butterflies.
When are butterflies the most active?
Afternoons are typically the hottest time of day, and as a result, our butterflies are most active. On a sunny afternoon, watching butterflies dance all around is sure to lift your spirits.