How to encouarge butterflies and moths

Plants for Butterfliesand Moths

 

butterflyPLANTS ATTRACTIVE TO BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

A garden with butterflies flitting from flower to flower is a delight in itself, but a garden popular with butterflies indicates a healthy environment, the more nectar plants you have, the more butterflies and moths will eventually find you. Butterflies like the warmth and it is important to choose sunny, sheltered spots when planting nectar plants. Plant as many different nectar plants as possible to increase the number of butterfly species visiting your garden. Deadhead the flowers, mulch and water well to keep the plants healthy, prolong flowering and produce more nectar for hungry butterflies.

butterflyonbuddlejaHARDY SHRUBS:

Buddleja ‘Lochinch’
Buddleja Black Knight
Clerodendrum bungei
Hebe pinguifolia ‘Pagei’
Hebe ‘Wiri Charm’
Hebe ‘Red Edge’
Hebe ‘Nicola’s Blush’
Lavandula stoechas
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
Lavandula intermedia ‘Walberton’s Silver Edge’
Thymus citriodorus ‘Silver Queen’

HARDY PERENNIALS:

Achillea in variety
Ajuga reptans ‘Catlins’ Giant’
Ajuga reptans ‘Variegata’
Allium afflatunense
Allium christophii
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’
Anthemis punctata ssp. cupaniana
Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C.Buxton’
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’
Aster amellus ‘King George’
Aster frikartii
Chrysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’
Chrysanthemum ‘Mary Stoker’
Coreopsis lanceolata ‘Sterntaler’
Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
Echinops in variety
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’
Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’
Erysimum ‘Cotswold Gem’
Gypsophila paniculata
Gypsophila repens
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
Knautia macedonica
Liatris spicataLigularia dentata ‘Desdemona’
Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’
Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’
Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’
Phlox paniculata in variety
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Chile Black’
Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
Sedum in variety
Sidalcea in variety
Solidago uliginosa
Tiarella in variety
Verbena ‘Claret’
Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena rigida

Common stinging nettles and coarse grasses

Many butterflies lay their eggs on nettles, thistles and grasses and their caterpillars feed on the leaves. Try planting some under a garden shed or window so that the caterpillar can climb up under the ledge or eaves to pupate. Cut down half the nettles in June to produce a new crop for later in the year. Nettles like a very rich soil with plenty of manure.

Buddleja bushes are great for butterflies. Read more here.

Interested in more garden plants for moths and butterflies? Then read more here.