What xeric garden would be complete without some butterfly garden plants? Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are an important part of the garden, pollinating your flowers, and bringing the garden to life with their activities.
A nectar corridor or butterfly garden where there are many flowering plants in drifts will attract incredible numbers of butterflies, as well as lots of pollinators and beneficial insects.
Choose plants that flower over a long period, so there are always fresh blooms with nectar opening throughout the summer.
Check out this list of 10 best perennials for butterflies to get started.
It's also important to have plants that the caterpillars will use for butterfly food.
Without these, there won't be subsequent generations of these fascinating insects in your garden.
What kinds of plants should you plant for other pollinators and beneficial insects? Find out here.
What is that gorgeous butterfly? See if you can find it in the Insect Encyclopedia.
Butterfly Garden Plan
Ideas and inspiration for the best ways to attract more butterflies.
Many fast growing shrubs such as willows, maples and birches are preferred host plants for the caterpillars of many butterflies, such as the Mourning Cloak butterfly, Commas and Pale Swallowtail butterflies.
The beautiful Great Spangled Fritillary lays its eggs on violets, to hatch out in the spring to feed as caterpillars. It's important not to overlook these important host plants in your garden plan.
Plant as many different height butterfly garden plants as possible; the taller ones will be visited for sunning and basking, and lower ones provide lots of nectar. A variation of heights from tall to short will encourage all types of butterflies to visit, as they all have different preferences.
Other things to include in your butterfly garden are puddling areas, such as a shovelful of manure or compost which will attract male butterflies for the salts and sugars, and some flowering annual plants such as Zinnias and Cosmos.
A wide selection of different plants in the butterfly garden will provide new sources of nectar over the summer, giving the beautiful flying flowers a reason to hang around and raise a family.