If April showers bring May flowers, you should expect those May flowers to bring butterflies! With the on-going pandemic, creating a beautiful butterfly garden is a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to home. Plus, if you weren’t aware, bees and butterflies need our help, and planting butterfly-friendly flowers is a great way to provide them with food and shelter. Here are a few ideas to get your butterfly garden started and which visitors you can expect once those flowers bloom.
Good Plants For Butterfly Gardens
These flowers are an excellent choice since they are both hardy and easy to grow. Black-eyed Susans are known for their brownish-black centers and red, orange, yellow, or golden petals. Opt for a sunny and well-drained area. Expect flowers throughout the summer, and don’t be afraid to prune dead flowers, as this will encourage the plant to focus its energy on producing more blooms.
Dill, Fennel, Parsley
Any of these household herbs will attract butterflies, and you can cut and dry some for yourself too! Dill produces a lovely fragrance and tiny delicate yellow flowers that any butterfly visitor will be happy to drink from.
Milkweed is absolutely crucial to helping beloved monarch butterflies. In fact, it is the ONLY host plant a monarch butterfly can use to complete its lifecycle. It is essentially a nursery for caterpillars as they grow into adults, making it perhaps the best butterfly garden flower of all. Florida residents are lucky to have more than 20 species of milkweed flowers to choose from – and many are native! These flowers are absolutely gorgeous and produce blossoms ranging from magenta to vibrant orange. They’re tolerant of varying soil conditions, including clay and sand, and you can plant multiple plants in closer proximity than you can with other species. They flower and grow quickly as well, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy the blooms.
This perennial vine is native to Florida. Flowers produced are three to five inches in diameter and come in different shades of purple. Passionflower loves to stretch its proverbial legs, so consider growing it over an arbor or trellis where it will have room to expand.
Known scientifically as echinacea, coneflowers come in various colors, but only the purple variety is native. In recent years, breeders have created yellow and orange varieties, which may attract bees and hummingbirds, but if you’d like to stick to native varieties, purple is your best choice for attracting butterflies.
Butterflies To Expect
Some butterflies are attracted to Florida’s tropical regions, but others, like the monarch butterfly, can be spotted in the yards of our Ohio and Florida customers. While we’d love to gush about every possible butterfly you might cross paths with, here are a few of the ones we like best.
Very similar in appearance to the famous monarchs, you can tell the difference between them by a long black line crossing the back hind wings.
Eastern Black Swallowtails
These black beauties have wings that feature small red tips on the back edges.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Wings of yellow patches framed in black are what make this butterfly easy to identify.
The male Pipevine Swallowtails are known for their mostly black iridescent bodies that host a gorgeous blue splash at the end of their hind wings. Sightings last from February through November, so once you’ve got your butterfly garden established, you could spot this lovely critter for the majority of the year!
While the name is a mouthful, the sight of this butterfly is a joy. Both males and females are similar in appearance and, as you might have guessed, the name comes from the large red band that runs across both wings.
Look for larger butterflies with white or greenish-white and black stripes. There are also prominent red spots on the wings at the rear end of the body.
Keep Your Butterfly Garden Thriving With Help From Land Art Inc.
Whether your butterfly gardening in Florida or Ohio, Land Art Inc. here to keep all of our customers’ gardens in peak health and pristine condition year-round. Our weed control keeps unwanted plants from choking the flowers, grub treatment prevents beetle larvae from eating your plants, and pest control ensures you can enjoy your butterfly garden without nasty swarms of mosquitoes. Give us a call at 1-800-336-5296 or contact us online here. For more tips on garden care and lawn maintenance, be sure to check out our blog.