Butterfly garden necessities plant native flowering plants because many butterflies and native flowering plants have co evolved over time and depend on each other for survival and reproduction it is particularly important to install native flowering plants local to your geographic area native plants provide butterflies with the nectar or . Butterfly expert christopher kline provides an easy to read introduction to the topic in butterfly gardening with native plants a how to guide covering butterfly gardening basics garden designs common butterflies in the garden native nectar guide to host plants and sources for native plants. A true butterfly garden should not just be designed to attract adult butterflies but also to afford a place for them to hibernate and lay eggs and for the larva or caterpillars to feed different species of butterflies have different preferences in plants. When determining a location for your butterfly garden sunlight is the key most native plants that attract butterflies will require full sun for at least half of the day when considering a location you also want to look at the quality of the soil. The plants most likely to attract butterflies in your area will often be native to your area which also means they will tend to grow vigorously in your butterfly garden with low maintenance however butterflies are not near as picky about their nectar plants as they are with their host plants
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