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why I Recommend a Butterfly Garden to Your Home Garden?

Do you like butterflies? Actually, this is not a question to ask, because we begin to love butterflies from our childhood. We learn they are beautiful, colorful and also we try to catch them. So the interesting on butterflies are starting from our childhood. Butterflies are a valuable addition to your garden. They will enhance the beauty of your garden. Imagine your garden full of butterflies. How you feel it? The garden could be a place for a mind relaxing. 

Also, they are good as pollinators. If you have an orchard, butterflies may increase the production by pollination. So I think it is a good way to enhance the beauty of your garden.

what are The Requirements to Make a Butterfly Garden?

Before making a butterfly garden, we have to think about what the butterfly needs are? Yes! We have to think about butterflies. We should have a good idea about their life cycle, their habitats, and their foods. So we have to fulfill their requirement in our garden to keep them. 

When we consider the butterfly life cycle, we can see four steps like eggs, larvae, pupa and adult butterfly. So there are different requirements for this four steps. See the butterfly life cycle here. To lay eggs for adult butterflies they need plants. Most probably they like to do it on leaves or under the leaves. But they do not lay eggs on every plant's leaves. They need specific host plants because after laying the eggs the larvae come out within ten days. Therefore the laying surface should be an edible one for them. So the butterflies always try to lay on specific host plants. This is an important point to consider before making a garden for butterflies. So first we have to plant some host plants in our garden. Here are some examples.

Host Plants for Butterflies

Examples:- Deer weed, Alfalfa, clovers, Sweet Fennel, Lomatium, Citrus, Dill, parsley, fennel, carrot, plantains, gerardias, toadflax, snapdragons, false loosestrifes, Many plants in the mustard family, cabbage family, Ornamental Cassia, Canary Bird Bush, apple, willow, poplar. 

There are lots of butterfly species and the host plants are different for each of them. So planting different host plant is a good solution to attract different species for the garden. So our first step is over and what is next? 

After larvae came out it starts to eat. It does this until makes a chrysalis. Finally, the adult butterfly has resulted. From eggs to chrysalis host plant is important to keep their lifecycle. But the requirements are changing for an adult butterfly. They need a different food source like nectar plant. So in the next step, you need to think about flowering plants. Flowers are the main food source for butterflies. They suck the nectar as their foods. Here are some examples of flowering plants in your garden.

Nectar Plants for Butterflies

Examples: - Black-Eyed Susan, Blazing Stars (Liatris spp.) Yarrow (Achillea spp.), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)Salvia (Salvia spp.), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum spp.), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Cone flowers, Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.), Cosmos (Cosmos spp.) Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis),Thistle (Cirsium discolor),Dianthus Family (Dianthus spp.),Lantana (Lantana camara)Aster (Aster spp.),Zinnia (Zinnia elegans),Marigold , Petunia (Petunia x hybrida),Sunflower ,Swamp Milkweed ,Swamp Verbena (Verbena hastata),Violet (Viola spp. ),Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum),Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia rotundifolia). 

Normally butterflies like for bigger landing paths. They may think it is safe to land. Big flowers and clusters are more preferable in this case to your garden. It is not a matter how much bigger of your garden if you have the right plants in there butterflies are attracted to them. 

Butterflies are not only nectar suckers. They suck mud. Yes! They do it because they need additional minerals that are not coming from nectar. So it is better to make a small mud pit inside your garden. 

Finally, you have to arrange all the things with a landscape design. That is all. Your comments are highly appreciated.

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