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Planning a Butterfly Garden

Creating a garden or landscape that will attract and maintain butterflies takes some special planning and effort. “Butterfly gardening” is flower gardening that gives special consideration to the needs and requirements of butterflies. Meeting their needs by providing continuous bloom of nectar-producing flowers throughout the summer increases your chances of being able to watch the adults fly from flower to flower in the privacy and comfort of your own back yard.  


The Milkweed Insects

One of the fascinating features is the incredible diversity of insects that can feed on one kind of plant. Our understandable obsession with a few serious insect pests on a relatively small number of crop plants skews our view of the insect/plant relationships around us.