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Butterfly Attractors

Butterfly Attractors – Invite Butterflies to Your Garden Paradise

As creatures of beauty, butterflies are a welcomed addition to any garden paradise. The color of their wings can range from deep blue to vibrant yellow or from a delicate pink to burnt orange. No matter the hue, their wings are often adorned with intricate patterns resembling works of art.

As many gardeners know, butterflies are not only aesthetically pleasing and whimsical but also essential pollinators. By flitting from flower to flower, they help spread pollen and ensure the health and propagation of plants. This is essential to ensure healthy growth and the continuation of plant species. This is also beneficial for fruit and vegetable gardens, as butterflies help to pollinate these types of plants as well. So even if your garden leans more edible than ornamental, consider adding butterfly-attracting plants to your garden design.

If you would like to invite butterflies into your garden, you can do a few things to ensure you attract them. First, they are attracted to bright colors and sweet smells. So planting flowers in your garden that offer an appealing fragrance and brightly-colored petals will up your chances of regular visitors. Also, be sure to include a variety of flowers that bloom at different times throughout the season. This will give them a continual supply of nectar and ensure they remain a fixture throughout the season. Lastly, many butterflies are large, so they will be more likely to come to your garden if you provide plants with large flower heads to land on. Butterflies like tubular flowers that hold the nectar they want to feed on.

To best ensure you receive the butterflies you want in your garden, take the time to research the native butterflies in your region of the country. Then, provide the perfect butterfly plant that will appeal to them most in your garden. The well-known monarch is a migrating butterfly, but most other butterflies stay in the area where they were born. They’ll even overwinter there if they can find the plants they need.

Jackson & Perkins is proud to offer a variety of butterfly plants for sale so you can find the perfect addition to your garden. Our collection of butterfly bushes is a great way to incorporate color and fragrance and provide a landing spot for our flying friends. Done well, you might even attract other beneficial pollinators, like bees and hummingbirds, to your garden space. Regardless of what you decide to add, remember that the key to a butterfly-friendly garden is color, fragrance and various blooms throughout the season.