How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

By Alexia Dellner, PureWow

We have to admit that our love of flora and fauna doesn’t necessarily extend to all creepy crawlies, but butterflies are always a welcome addition to our yard. Here, five simple but efficient ways to bring more of these beautiful winged creatures to your outdoor space. Bonus: Little ones will love getting involved in this fun project (mud pies!) and learning about these fluttering insects.

Think in Color

The best way to attract more butterflies to your garden is to offer them a buffet of nectar-rich blooms. Butterflies love bright hues, like reds, yellows and purples, which signal to them that flowers are full of sweet drink. Some good choices for beginner gardeners? Marigolds, pansies, and zinnias.

Shape Matters

Add some pillow-like blossoms to your outdoor space (instead of trumpet shapes that are more likely to attract hummingbirds and bees) so that these winged creatures have someplace to sit and perch while they eat. Aptly named plants like butterfly bush and butterfly weed will do the trick.

Ditch the Pesticides

Fertilizer is generally fine, but pesticides can't differentiate between butterflies and actual pests, so it’s best to keep things all natural.

Offer Refreshments

These pretty insects won't drink from open water so create a damp pool for them to enjoy instead. To make a butterfly bath (aka a mud pie), mix sand and soil in a shallow bowl and add just enough water to soak the mixture (but not so much that there’s standing water).

Give Butterflies a Place to Soak Up the Sun

Butterflies are cold-blooded, which means they like to rest and warm themselves up in the sunshine. (All that flying around is tiring, you know?) A few flat rocks strategically placed wherever your garden gets the most sun will make a perfect pit stop.
outdoor, home, gardens



Accessories,8,Art,24,Autos,15,Beauty,201,Bollywood,9,Books,5,Business,119,Career & Education,39,Cars,8,Cartoons,8,Celebrities,18,Consumer Trends,6,Crime,45,Design,10,Destinations,104,Economy,2,Entertainment,209,Environment,14,Exhibition,7,Family,3,Fashion,495,Features,54,Fitness,71,Food,103,Food and Drinks,9,Games,21,Gastronomy,9,Health,4009,Hollywood,2,Home and Decor,13,Home and Garden,3,Hotels,31,Household,1,Internet,26,Juicy,370,Lifestyle,3218,Local,12,Mortgages,2,Movie,46,Movie Reviews,3,Music,54,Music Review,2,New York,1,Newsmakers,6,Odd News,163,Offbeat,760,Opinion,53,People,35,Photos,106,Politics,17,Protest,2,Real Estate,51,Relationships,54,Restaurants,29,Restaurants & Gastronomy,3,Science,91,Sports,153,Technology,434,Top News,78,Transport,30,Travel,4189,Trends,6,TV,11,U.S.,365,Weather,3,Women's,1100,World,94,
U.S. Daily News: How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden
How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden
U.S. Daily News
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy