GN Book Excerpt - - How To Build A Butterfly Garden From Jim Kleinwachter
Posted Feb 16 2011 3:27pm
Swallowtail butterfly in Shawna Coronado's front native and drought tolerant plant garden.
This is an excerpt from my book,
"Gardening Nude". Enjoy!!
GN Book Excerpt - - How To Build A Butterfly Garden From Jim
Below is a guide from the Conservation @ Home website, which is managed by Jim
Kleinwachter.You can attract native butterfly's by saving water and utilizing prairie plants.
HOW TO BUILD A NATIVE BUTTERFLY GARDEN
There are many species of butterflies common to the United States. Attracting
them to your yard is easily done with a butterfly garden--or a flower garden
planted with native nectar-rich plants that attract butterflies. Butterfly
gardens can be large or small and can be adapted to almost any soil conditions.
Plant a butterfly garden now and watch the beautiful winged critters appear!
• Butterfly gardens are easy to construct, require little water once
established and no fertilizers.
• Plant perennials, which establish themselves and bloom each year. This
makes a beautiful butterfly garden for years to come!
• Plants that attract butterflies should be planted in full sun, and ideally
in a place where the wind is blocked (butterflies do not like to fight the
• With the great variety of native plants available, you can plan your garden
to have colorful blooms from early spring to late fall.
• If you prefer smaller plantings, a few butterfly-attracting plants can be
placed within your existing garden.
• No chemical fertilizers or pesticides should be used, as butterflies and
other wildlife are extremely sensitive to them and the native plants do not need
• Native plants that produce bright pink, orange, yellow and red colors
• Native plants are those that were originally found local to your community;
therefore they require little maintenance, less water, and less money to
support! Most native plants can be found in nurseries which specialize in
selling native plants local to your community.