Butterflies are among the most interesting and lovely creatures in nature. Cultivating a butterfly garden with appropriate flowers and plants (as well as a few necessary accessories) will attract butterflies, and encourage them to linger. You may think of the butterfly gardens you have seen at botanical gardens and think that a backyard version is out of reach – but butterfly gardens can come in many forms – potted plants, window boxes, or even small corners of the yard can be transformed to accommodate butterflies. And Port Charlotte Florist would love to provide the flowers you’ll need to catch their eye. Ultimately, butterflies will be attracted to bright, colorful flowers that are nectar and pollen-rich. However, in order to guarantee that you will have an irresistible oasis for them, research what types of butterflies like which types of specific flowers. For instance, the American Painted Lady will not be able to resist goldenrod or asters, and Swallowtails will flock to a butterfly bush. Sunflowers, daisies, lavender, zinnias, and violets will all beckon to varieties of butterfly; while clover, dandelion, thistles and milkweed may not be as beautiful, but are enticing to the delicate creatures.
You’ll want to create a safe and comfortable haven for the butterflies, so choose an area that gets five or six hours of sunlight per day, and is protected from any wind. Like all living creatures, butterflies also need water, so providing a continual water source in and among the flowers will be beneficial. Strangely enough, butterflies derive necessary minerals and nutrients from muddy or sandy water – so providing them with their own personal mud puddle is a sure way to make them feel welcome. Flat rocks which give them a comfortable place to rest and refresh will finish out your perfect butterfly garden.
Attracting butterflies to your backyard is easy, with help from the floral experts at Port Charlotte Florist. Come in for beautiful plants that they won’t be able to resist – and enjoy a beautiful, butterfly-filled summer.