5 Tips for Success
Gardeners know that if they are going to have a successful garden, whether ornamental or as a food source, they need to attract pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Here are 5 tips for success! You can learn more by participating in Pollination Celebration, September 16, 2017!
- Butterflies are more likely to notice large areas of a single color, so be sure to plant in drifts and clusters! Go for bright colors! Reds and yellows always attract more butterflies than white.
- Certain plants act as a food source to many caterpillars that will become butterflies! Herbs such as fennel, dill, and parsley will attract caterpillars that can defoliate your plants in a matter of days. Once they have a full stomach, they will make their cocoons right on the stem giving you an opportunity to see their beautiful metamorphosis.
- Flowers for all seasons act as a food source for butterflies. Try to plant your garden so different swathes of colorful blooms are available year-round. Good examples include larkspur, coneflower and sedum.
- Butterflies need to rest after all their work pollinating! They appreciate a nice sunny surface to warm their wings. A shallow saucer of water with a sandy bottom will provide the perfect spot for them to rest and take a drink.
- While you may want to get rid of those aphids and beetles, if you are using pesticides you are also decimating your butterfly population. Be cautious and apply pesticides only on windless days and when absolutely needed.
Need a few plant suggestions? Sedum, chaste tree, sunflowers, abelia, parsley, lantana, and butterfly bush will all attract butterflies to your garden. Have fun and don’t forget to come to Pollination Celebration to introduce your entire family to the joys of butterfly gardening!