how to build a butterfly garden

May 23, 2012

Juliet has been very interested in butterflies lately, so a few weekends ago we spent a Saturday turning a part of our backyard into a butterfly garden. 

There were a few overgrown bushes and plants here, so Ben worked hard to dig them out. After it was clear, he tilled the soil for us and then we added generous portions of garden soil to the beds. 

Juliet and I had the fun task of picking out the plants!

We looked on the labels to see if they were butterfly attractors and picked our favorites. 

I'm sure it varies by where you live, but here's what we found available for our garden: 

Lavender
Phlox
Coneflower
Cosmos
Zinnias
Heliotrope
Yarrow

We also have some catmint, a butterfly bush, speedwell, and bee balm in other parts of our yard. 

Here's a link to some more flowers that attract butterflies if you want create your own butterfly garden. 

The girls and I planted our plants, watered them, and even sowed some seeds. We are hoping that in a few years, we'll have a nice full garden full of flowers and butterflies. 

So far, we have had one butterfly visitor! We are hoping for a few more. :) 

The girls have had fun watering their garden and checking on the seeds growth and progress. In the fall, we will plant some bulbs, so we can have even more spring color next year. 
We are on the hunt for this book: Butterflies in the garden. Our library does not have it, but maybe I will find it at a thrift store. 

Have you done any gardening yet this spring? What flowers are your favorite? 

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3 comments:

Heather L said...

We planted our own butterfly garden last month. My 26 mo old son is obsessed with caterpillars and butterflies, and has watched with awe as several were born. We have a caterpillar happily crunch munching away on our kitchen counter. Here is my blog post about it: http://leppard.com/honeysmusings/index.php/2012/04/17/butterfly/

Whitney @ Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

I have been wondering how you and Robyn always get all those amazing butterfly pictures. So am I reading it right that you looked on the tag of the plant to see if it attracts butterflies?

Whitney @ Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

I have been wondering how you and Robyn always get all those amazing butterfly pictures. So am I reading it right that you looked on the tag of the plant to see if it attracts butterflies?

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