Butterflies and flowers are definitely a natural combination – or should be! While there certainly are a number of other types of insects that will benefit your garden, bees and butterflies (especially the type that visits your flower garden) are two of my favorite and hardworking species because they help your flower garden create an abundance of healthy, colorful flowers, fruits, and vegetables. And because they are so helpful, having them around is beneficial to you, too. But how to build flower garden ideas that will attract the bees and butterflies you want to see?
First, you’ll want to consider what flowers and plants are best for attracting a specific type of butterfly or insect. Bees and butterflies love the scent of fresh-cut, aromatic lavender, which is native to Italy but grows wild in many parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. In the United States, lavender is considered an invasive plant because it takes over unplanted areas, which can be detrimental to local wildlife. To avoid an invasive problem, plant or place permanent flowers, shrubs, or ground covers against the threat of an invader, whether it’s pollen or insects, so that they won’t take over your space. If you don’t do this, your home will soon have an over-abundance of pollen from Balm, Bee Balm, or Lavender.
Another consideration is the type of flowers and plants you grow and transplant into your garden that bees and butterflies like to eat. Some are more tasty to the insects than others, depending on the type of plant. Basil, chives, cherries, garlic, lemon balm, mint, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, sweet marjoram, and thyme are all good choices. Just make sure that you plant those types of flowers and plants that flowers and grows well in your area, because if you try a different flower or plant in a location with different temperatures, it may not survive.
What type of flower will you plant that blooms in the late summer or the early fall? Some flowers bloom in the late summer or the fall. There are many varieties to choose from. Many butterflies tend to be attracted to late summer through early fall flower buds. If you want to attract these particular species of insects, you will want to choose a variety of late summer bloom plants.
Where you are planting flowers for bees and butterflies, also matters. To get the most productivity out of your flower beds, you should plant them in locations that receive direct access to sunlight. Butterflies are particularly drawn to gardens with large flower bushes. For this reason, you should plant your bulbs and seedlings in large areas that have direct access to sunlight. Sunlight can also help keep aphids and other destructive pests away from your plants.
The other thing you should pay close attention to when planting flowers for bees and butterflies is the spacing between your plants. If you plant too close together, the bees could easily colonize the whole garden. On the other hand, if you plant too far apart, you will not have flowers foragers to find. This means you will have less insects visiting your garden, which will reduce the risk of disease and other plant damage.
There are also several varieties of flowers for bees and butterflies that do not attract them. These include ferns, liatris, azaleas, gladioli and columbine. These varieties of flowers are good choices for a backyard garden as long as you do not attract larger insects to your garden. These insects are attracted to flowers that have large seed cones or thrones.
In order to get the most out of your flower garden, it is important to ensure that you plant the right kinds of flowers. This will attract the kinds of insects you want in your backyard, which will lead to healthier flowers for you and the birds in your area. The last thing you want to do is have an unhealthy flower garden and lots of unwanted visitors. Take your time when planning your flower garden and you will be sure to have a beautiful area to enjoy all season long.