Wednesday, 25th April 2012
Plants for a butterfly garden Butterflies in your garden add an aesthetic dimension to its beauty. Plants that attract butterflies are as attractive as any other flowering plants. They serve a useful purpose insofar as they help species to survive either the long migration south to Africa such as the Red Admiral and Painted Lady or to sustain others such as the Small Tortoiseshell and the Peacock during the winter hibernation. The following might get you started.
Aubretia Aubreytia deltoidea spring
Buddleia Buddleia spp. summer-autumn
Honesty Lunaria spp. spring-summer
Ice Plant Sedcum spectabile autumn
Lavender Lavandula spp summer
Michaelmas Daisy Aster novae belgii autumn
Sweet Rocket Hesperis matronalis spring-summer
Tobacco Plant Nicotiana alata summer-autumn
Valerian Centranthus spp. summer
Yellow Alyssum Alyssum saxtile spring
These are cultivated flowers. If you have a wild patch in the garden, consider putting in some wild flowers like Ragworth, Knapweed, Groundsel (also good for birds),Bladder Campion, Scabious and even Nettle.
keep them where you want them. A wet spot (near a pool perhaps) might support some Lady’s Smock that flowers in the Spring and attracts the striking Orange Tip butterfly.
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Alyssum Alyssum maritimum summer-autumn
Golden Rod Solidago canadensis summer-autumn
Honeysuckle Lonicera spp. summer
Hebe Hebe speciosa summer
Lilac Syringa vulgaris summer
Polyanthus Primula polyanthus spring
Sweet William Dianthus barbatus spring-summer
Thrift Armeria maritima summer
Verbana Verbena spp. summer
Wallflower Cheiranthus sheiri spring
All are attractive plants in themselves but they need control to keep them where you want them. A wet spot (near a pool perhaps) might support some Lady’s Smock that flowers in the Spring and attracts the striking Orange Tip butterfly.
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