Butterflies are always a welcome part of any garden. They are beautiful and set the mood when you are relaxing outside. Luckily, butterflies are also very beneficial to the environment!
- Benefits of Butterfly Gardens for the Environment
- Flowers That Attract Butterflies to Your Garden
- Butterfly Bush / Buddleia
- Butterfly Flower / Asclepias tuberosa
- Coneflower / Echinacea
- Blanketflower / Gaillarida pulchella
- Bachelor’s Buttons / Centaurena cyanus
- Black-eyed Susan / Rudbeckia
- Goldenrod / Solidago
- Daisy / Leucanthemum
- Ironweed / Vernonia
- Joe-Pye Weed
- Sunflower / Helianthus
- Zinnias / Z. elegans
- Pincushion Flower / Scabiosa spp.
- Egyptian Star Cluster / Pentas lanceolata
Benefits of Butterfly Gardens for the Environment
In addition to making your garden aesthetically pleasing, butterflies aid with pollination, encourage wildlife and habitats and conserve resources.
Butterflies love feeding on the nectar of colorful, fragrant flowers. Just like bees, when butterflies fly from flower to flower, they pollinate plants. This encourages the growth of new plant species.
Wildlife and habitats
By having a butterfly garden, it is necessary to completely avoid the use of insecticides and pesticides. These harmful chemicals prevent butterflies from surviving in a garden.
As result, when there is an absence of these chemicals, other critters are able to thrive as well. You will find that ladybugs, catterpillars, and spiders are more abundant in your garden.
Birds rely on these little bugs for food, meaning you will also have the pleasure of watching cute little birds in your garden area.
Butterflies gravitate to local plants, making native plants a must for your butterfly garden. Local plants require less maintenance and resources to thrive. This greatly benefits the environment.
Flowers That Attract Butterflies to Your Garden
Butterfly Bush / Buddleia
Butterfly Flower / Asclepias tuberosa
Coneflower / Echinacea
Blanketflower / Gaillarida pulchella
Bachelor’s Buttons / Centaurena cyanus
Black-eyed Susan / Rudbeckia
Goldenrod / Solidago
Daisy / Leucanthemum
Ironweed / Vernonia
Sunflower / Helianthus
Zinnias / Z. elegans
Pincushion Flower / Scabiosa spp.
Egyptian Star Cluster / Pentas lanceolata