Spring has finally arrived here in Vermont!  I can see green grass and the trees are starting to get buds on them again. After a very long winter, I can finally start thinking about my gardens again. I have really missed them!  Each year, I try to make one or two improvements to our gardens. I love trying out new color schemes and discovering new plants each spring.

How to plant a butterfly garden

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

This year, I have decided that I want to learn how to plant a butterfly garden. I love watching the butterflies as they fly from flower to flower.  Since they also help pollinate our vegetable gardens and fruit trees, attracting butterflies to my yard is definitely a plus.

There are certain plants that butterflies are more attracted to than others.  Planting these plants in your garden is a great way to encourage butterflies to visit your yard.  These perennials are known to attract butterflies to your yard.

  • Garden phlox
  • Bee balm (Mondarda)
  • Black eyed Susan
  • Blanket flower
  • Purple coneflower
  • Tickseed
  • Butterfly weed
  • Goldenrod
  • Cosmos
  • Lilac
  • Zinnias
  • Autumn Joy Stonecrop
  • New England Aster
  • Joe-Pye weed
  • Blazing star

Of course, you need to have more than just flowers in your garden to attract butterflies. Butterflies need a place to rest in the sun.  By placing large, flat rocks in your garden, they can be warmed by the sun and offer a resting place.  You can also add a butterfly house which has tiny slots that are the perfect size for butterflies to enter without allowing predators like birds in. Males are often attracted to sandy puddles so if you have the ability, a low mound of damp sand may be attractive.

Now that you know how to plant a butterfly garden, will you be planting one this year? What other types of garden improvements do you have planned?

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May 6, 2014

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

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  1. Jamie

    May 6th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Love it!! I’ve done some of this, but it was for a hummingbird garden. We don’t get many butterfly’s up here in the mountains, but the hummers are crazy!! Sharing this!

  2. Ellen Christian

    May 7th, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Hummingbird gardens are beautiful too, Jamie!

  3. tara pittman

    May 7th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    We have a Yucca plant that attracs humming birds but not butterflys. I love that pink plant

  4. Ellen Christian

    May 7th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    How neat. I don’t think we can grow those here in Vermont.