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How To Encourage Butterflies Into Your Garden

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Devon Metcalfe

In many British gardens, butterflies can be a common sight come summertime. However, as they battle against habitat loss, many species are in decline. So, what better way to help conserve these beautiful insects than creating an inviting environment for them to enjoy in your garden? Want to see more butterflies in your garden but don’t know how to get them there? Read on for more.


How To Encourage Butterflies Into Your Garden


Plant Bright, Fragrant Flowers

Butterflies are particularly attracted to bright colours. If you’re wondering how to encourage butterflies into your garden, planting colourful flowers is a great place to start. Some of their favourite flowers include lavender, French marigold, buddleia and aubretia. Any yellow, red and orange flowers are always popular. You should also make sure the blossoms are flat-topped or have short flowering tubes.


Steer Away From Pesticides

Pesticides are not only harmful to the environment from getting into the atmosphere, but they’re also harmful to butterflies and other pollinating insects. Try to avoid using them as much as you can, and if you must use them, make your own with some soap, citrus oil and water.

You should still ensure the area being treated is far away from where you want to encourage butterflies. It’s also important to be aware that plants bought from your garden centre may have previously been sprayed.

Bright flowers in garden

Research Your Area

Do some research into your local area to find out more about the species of butterflies you should expect to see in your garden. Then, you’ll be able to take the right steps to encourage the specific type of butterfly in your area. For example, milk parsley can attract swallowtail butterflies, but the same thing cannot be said for others.


Build Them a Spa

Create a mini butterfly spa for when they need a little rest. Butterflies love gathering on muddy patches of ground or puddles to feed on nutrients from the earth. To make their little spa, mix some soil with water in a shallow bowl and put it in a shady area near your flower patch.

Butterfly on pink flower

Make a Sweet Treat

Just like us, butterflies can get tired after a long day. Give them an energy boost with a sweet treat. All you need to do is add a heaped tablespoon of sugar to two cups of water and heat it in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Then, simply leave it to cool for 30 minutes before soaking a brightly coloured kitchen sponge into the mix. Leave this next to your flowers to start seeing some butterflies in your garden!


Create a Warm Environment

Butterflies absolutely love the sunshine, so when thinking of how to encourage butterflies into your garden – warmth should be a priority. Create for them their own little sun trap. Get some nice flat rocks and lay them into an area that receives plenty of sunshine all day long, preferably by a flower bed.

butterflies in organised garden during daytime

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