Arrangement of plantings can be very important
on how to attract butterflies to your butterfly garden.
Nectar sources for the adult are also important. This page covers 'the little things' which make a dramatic difference when creating a welcoming environment in your garden for butterflies:
There are many flowers to attract butterflies but don't randomly place them around. Focus on the idea of three square foot area - be creative.
For informal, less structured gardens round the blockings out or have a running line along a border like a fence. The reason for this is depending on the species, butterflies will fly and average of one mile for food and shelter, but there are those that will fly hundreds of miles.
Different butterfly species come to your garden because of the color, others fly in because of the flower scents.
Clusters help the butterfly identify their needs. Flowers also have ultraviolet markings helping many flying insects to see them. Once they arrive, clusters also allow butterflies and insects to float from flower to flower feeding easily.
When natural gardening for pollinators, studies have shown that it is good to have about 10 plant species that attract them. More plant types will attract even more pollinators, but begins to level out at about 20 plants.
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As a rule of thumb the colors that attract the most species of butterflies are pink, purple and yellow.
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