Many of our favorite flowers are perfect for attracting these colorful creatures into our gardens, so we can enjoy watching them flutter from flower to flower, adding much more color and life to our gardens. You just have to check what kind of plants from the following you want to seek your inspiration.
The butterflies that we can attract are the Peacock, Small Shell, Comas and Red Admiral butterfly. They then go through a sequence of life stages in an extraordinary metamorphosis, and finally emerging from their chrysalis as a striking butterfly. Other common butterflies you can spot include Sulfur, Holly Blue, and Skipper. In grassy areas you can also see the Brown Meadow, Gatekeeper, and Stained Wood.
It is the search for food butterflies come to our gardens looking for the right wild flowers on which to lay their eggs. Butterflies need readily accessible sources of sweet flower nectar for energy. There are some plants that produce double flowers that do not allow easy access to insects such as bees and butterflies to nectar, for this reason it is advisable to choose varieties that form single flowers with open centers. There is a wide choice of plants that produce nectar-rich flowers.
One of the best flowering shrubs is the Bush or Buddleja. This is a favorite for about 18 species of butterflies, these flowers act as a magnet for them. Buddleja produces new stems each spring bearing heads full of flowers, choosing from varieties in purple and lilac, to pink and pure white.
Flowering Perennials are renewed every year so they are of great value, this way your garden will have something in bloom from spring to fall. Some of the best for butterflies are: Bugula, Geranium, Ice Flower, Telefío, Lavender, La Estrellada, Erysimum, Phlox, Roses, Dianthus, Scabiosa and Verbena.
For an instant impact it is best to choose flowers and plants in season. Many are already in bloom when you buy them and last for weeks. It is advisable to choose varieties with large flowers, such as: Cosmos, Dahlia, Tagetes, Lunaria, Viola.
Climbing plants are a great way to add height to screens or formation along pergolas and garden structures. Honeysuckle fill the air with their fragrance and the flowers they produce provide a good food source for butterflies that fly by before hibernation. These include: Honeysuckle (Lonicera) Ivy (Hedera).
The bushes provide the structural backbone to the screens. These flowering varieties are some of the best ways to attract butterflies: Buddleja Ceanothus, Cotoneaster, Heather, Hydrangea, Mexican orange blossom (choisya Ternate) are some of their favorites.
You can grow cane fruits for their flowers, such as blackberries, and herbs, including mint, marjoram, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
Plant small gardens in large pots or pots with Flor Magia with color mixtures that bloom from June to October. The Magic Flower can be sown at any time from spring to early summer, with early plantings it can produce its first flowers from June. The Magic Flower is easy to use, as it contains flower seeds along with coconut compost and long-lasting fertilizers.
In summer, butterflies travel a long way to reach our gardens. Once the butterflies emerge they migrate with the warm winds that carry them across Europe. If the weather conditions are suitable, this species can come and visit our gardens to feed.
If you find caterpillars nibbling on plants in your garden, don't assume they are pests, as they can turn into beautiful butterflies or moths. Most caterpillars are unlikely to do any lasting damage, so it is best to leave them alone rather than resort to spraying with chemical pesticides. Only very few butterfly caterpillars can be considered pests and these are mainly the so-called Cabbage Butterfly. They are also a pest if they are on crops of the genus Brassica, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, and broccoli, although they do eat nasturtiums as well. In these cases, it is advisable to use a barrier or a net on your crop to keep the butterflies at a distance and stop those leaves that could lay their eggs.
Plan the planting to have flowers throughout the year. Shrubs, bulbs, perennials, climbers, and other plants that bear nectar-rich flowers. If you notice that some month your garden does not have something in bloom, check the varieties that are available to fill the gap and keep the butterflies coming back.
If you have a space in the garden you can create a wild area planted with nettles, herbs, bird's foot clover, violets, thistles and other plants and wild flowers. This could be a small meadow, a quiet corner, with all the plants chosen for their value such as egg-laying and food plants for the caterpillar or the butterflies.