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How Can You Attract Butterflies To Your Garden

What is butterfly gardening? Simply put butterfly gardening is the art of growing flowers and plants that will attract these colorful and dainty creatures to your garden. Delight your family and visitors with beautiful butterflies, but be sure to create a safe habitat for them. However, if you own cats then you will need to rethink your plans because it would be a shame to attract these lovely insects to their death.

The design of your butterfly garden is a matter of choice and personal preference. Typical points to consider are the size of your garden as well as the types of flowers and plants that you want to grow. Pick a style of garden that really appeals to you, but ensure it also contains the plants and flowers that appeal to the butterflies you wish to attract.

It is important to find out which plants and flowers will attract the species of butterflies that live in your area. This kind of information can be found at the local library
or on the internet through a search engine. To create the kind of environment that they find attractive, you will also need water of some kind. A birdbath will look attractive and keep the butterflies up off the ground, away from stray cats or mischievous puppies. A shallow dish on a post or hung in a tree will do just as well.

When planting your butterfly garden be careful how you coordinate the colors you choose for your flowerbeds. Although butterflies do not care about your choice of color, you don’t want your garden to be a hodgepodge of unrelated colors and textures. Butterflies are attracted to those flowers that have nectar rather than pollen, like honeysuckle, milkweed, summer lilac, Valerian, daisies, Purple Coneflower, Yellow Sage, day lilies and lavender.

Some people find it helpful to draw and color a layout of their butterfly gardening plan to see what the finished product would look like. Keep in mind that warm colors like red and orange are flashy and showy. These colors have a greater impact against a strong green background. Cool colors such as blue and purple are soothing and toned down and would work better with a white contrast to create the look of freshness and brightness.

If you follow this advice then you will be able to create a garden which will attract more butterflies for you to enjoy and help their population grow.

Original Author: Simon Andrews Full Bio
Simon Andrews writes reviews, articles and how to guides on home and gardening products for the Gardening Warehouse. For more ideas and advice from Simon then please go to http://www. GardeningWarehouse.co.uk
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