Butterflies in the garden are lovely to watch and there are many plants readily available which can really turn your garden into a haven for butterflies. Bringing Butterflies into your garden will help boost the local population by providing food, water and shelter; and make your garden a relaxing haven for yourself as butterfly watching comes high on the list.
Planting a wide variety of plants and shrubs providing nectar for a long season is a great start, and there are many plants Butterflies find irresistible. In addition, if you are happy with a garden which is not so tidy, perhaps supporting some weeds and wildflowers, this will also provide food for butterflies and importantly caterpillars such as in the centre image which is the Hawk moth Deilephila elpenor which likes rose bay willow herb which is generally considered a weed, but ideal caterpillar food.
It is hard to underestimate the pulling power of the buddleia, hence its common name, the Butterfly bush. I have watched in the garden on a warm summer day the branches laden with scented flowers and butterflies.
Many of the common herbs are very attractive to butterflies and this is immediately clear when looking round an open garden, enter the protective warmth of the walled garden containing as it often does a herb garden, and the buzz of insects and butterflies is audible. Butterflies love Oregano, image top left, Thymus, Borage, Nepeta cat mint, Chives, Hyssop, Lavender. A herb garden is a butterfly zone. and many herbs are very easy to grow.
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There are a host of garden plants that will attract butterflies into the garden and plant with successive flowering times for the best results.