Friday, March 4
Butterfly Friendly Landscaping
Butterfly gardens are easy to grow. Simply choose landscaping that butterflies find appealing to eat. It's true you will have some holes in a few leaves, but the entertainment from having so many butterflies around is more than worth it. There are two stages of butterfly gardening. In the first, butterflies are attracted to drink flower nectar and then lay eggs. In the second stage, their caterpillars eat the leaves until they themselves become butterflies, thus completing the cycle.
Butterflies often like the nectar from purple cone flowers, lavender and even things like Joe Pye weed. Milkweed is an especially good option as besides being a nectar plant for some species it is the sole diet for the Monarch butterfly in caterpillar form. Other plants that butterfly larvae like are trees like willows and cottonwoods and even common weeds like plantain. If you want to go all the way, make a small puddling area where butterflies can drink from and you'll have a smorgasbord that's sure to entice butterflies for many afternoon's worth of window watching. Milkweed, an all purpose butterfly plant, is available in our mail order nursery.