When creating a butterfly flower garden, the possibilities of what to include in your butterfly garden design are endless. Below are some helpful suggestions to help you get started. They are designed to spark the creative process of your mind and get you started on your way to creating a lovely butterfly flower garden.
Before you even begin your butterfly flower garden, find out which species of butterflies are in your area. Consider taking an exploratory hike around your location with a butterfly identification book. This may take a little extra time and effort, but the results will be well worth it. After you have compiled your list of local butterfly species, be sure to write down in your butterfly garden plan what these particular species of butterflies use for nectar and food plants.
Make sure that your garden is in a location that provides at least six hours of sunlight per day. Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures and therefore do better where they can be kept warm and protected by shelter.
Wind can be a butterfly’s worst enemy so be sure to incorporate plenty of wind protection in your design. You can plant tall shrubs and other plants in order to create a wind break, but a location that avoids the heavy winds is more appropriate.
The best possible location of all would be a butterfly flower garden placed on the sunny side of your home with windbreaks on both the west and east sides, or wherever the prevailing winds may come from in your area. Try and locate your garden close to a window so you can watch the butterflies from indoors. Provide seating outside too to take in the view as well.
If possible, you could excavate an area and build a stone wall around it. This would create the ideal windbreak for your butterflies. Create gravel pathways around your garden to spare you from walking in the mud.
There are many creative ways for constructing a butterfly flower garden. Take your time to design a garden that you will enjoy and be proud of.
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