Butterfly gardens are a beautiful and colorful way to attract butterflies into your landscaping!
When designing a butterfly garden, keep the following in mind:
■ Plant both larval host plants and adult nectar sources for butterflies in all stages of life.
■ Garden in full sun and partial shade.
■ Select a variety of plants that bloom at different times.
■ Use quality topsoil to ensure plants and flowers are enriched.
■ Include sweet-smelling plants, such as sedum and lavender.
■ Plant in groups. Butterflies are more likely to land in a bunch vs. a single plant.
■ Choose plants of mixing heights, colors, shapes and sizes.
■ Adding a shallow dish with water, rocks and even fruit will encourage butterflies to land.
Some of the most popular plants for caterpillars and butterflies: Butterfly bush, fennel, milkweed, lantana, pentas, purple passion vine, black-eyed Susan, porterweed, sage, gaillardia, firebush, sunflowers and more.
Flower of the Week: Gaillardia
Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or gardening tips you would like to see in the future.
Kathy’s Creative Gardens & Nursery is located at 196 N. Roscoe Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. (904) 655-7373.