How to Attract Butterflies to your Garden

Last week I started this gratitude miniseries with, ‘I’m Thankful for the Birds’ and some very fuzzy pictures. – I’m sorry about that, I didn’t realize the camera’s vibration reduction mode was turned off. I’d retake them if I could, but those moments and the dogwood berries are both gone. – This week the series continues with much better pictures and, ‘I’m Thankful for the Butterflies’.

Butterfly on Lantana

Butterfly on Lantana

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Butterfly on David phlox

Butterfly on David phlox

Butterfly on hibiscus

Butterfly on hibiscus

Monarch on porter weed

Monarch on porter weed

Moth on moonflower vineLeandra took that picture of a moth on the moonflower vine.

Butterfly on Stokesia

I’ve shown you this picture of a butterfly on Stokesia before. It was on the cover of Alabama Gardener Magazine’s October issue.


Caterpillar on parsley

Here are a few pointers on how to attract butterflies to your garden:

  • Put down the pesticides; today’s caterpillars are tomorrow’s butterflies.
  • Go organic.
  • Give them water.
  • Plant both host plants for the caterpillars and nectar plants for the butterflies. My favorite nectar plants include Stokesia, hibiscus, butterfly weed, lantana, David phlox, porter weed, salvias and zinnias.

I don’t have time to show you everything that I’m thankful for – the miniseries is only running until the new year – but you can ‘like’ my facebook page to see more pictures.

It’s a short post this week because the long post is on my blog for Alabama Gardener Magazine, where I am running a miniseries on gifts for the gardener in your life.


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2 Responses to How to Attract Butterflies to your Garden

  1. Blue says:

    Another thing I learned from the Tennessee Conservationist magazine is that you should leave dead twigs and leaf litter as much as possible especially around host plants. Some caterpillars build their homes in the dead leaves and stems at the base of the plants and should remain undisturbed until they emerge. Sounds good to me- and a great way to justify sitting inside drinking an adult beverage until the weather warms!!

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