There are few things in life as beautiful as a butterfly floating lightly on the breeze or enjoying a sweet treat in your garden. Throughout the world there are thousands of different types of butterflies, in fact you would probably be surprised by how many species you can attract to your own backyard oasis. The trick is to plant a varied and beautiful selection of flowering plants that will tempt the butterflies to float into your space.
Attracting Butterflies in Zone 7
The following are a sampling of plants that will attract butterflies to your Zone 7 garden.
Beebalm is a beautiful perennial with flowers that range from intense orange to varying shades of pink. The clusters of long cylindrical flowers are a butterfly and gardener’s favorite. This plant can grow 3-4 feet tall and blooms mid to late summer.
The Butterfly Bush, as its name implies, is an open invitation. The bush can range from 4 feet to 10 feet tall with a spread between 4-12 feet. The bush has clumps of small purple flowers that are reminiscent of a lilac bush. The butterfly bush will bloom mid summer to early fall, but be cautioned this hardy plant can become invasive in desirable conditions.
Japanese Spirea has wonderful brightly colored pink flowery clumps. As this is another aggressively growing butterfly attractor, it should not be planted near rivers or streams. This spiraea will bloom from late spring to early summer and can grow to be 6 feet tall by 7 feet wide, at its largest.
Another consideration when trying to attract butterflies is to fashion yourself a hanging butterfly feeder. This can be done by hanging a plate where it is in view and placing a few brightly colored bits of orange on it. Butterflies are drawn to these sweet treats in the same way the flowers attract them. It is also advisable to have a source of water, such as a shallow bird bath, available. By having a combination of butterfly friendly plants, a feeder and some fresh water, you are setting up an ideal area to help the butterflies to thrive.
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