The purpose of your butterfly garden is to attract, retain and encourage a beautiful butterfly population on your property. Elements of Charlotte loves to design, build and maintain butterfly gardens of all shapes and sizes because they are natural, bloom all season, and add a fun element of learning the various species of butterflies around Charlotte!
Flowers of similar colors grouped together are more attractive to both butterflies and you, the gardener. Elements of Charlotte will design and build a butterfly garden filled with a variety of nectar-producing plants with the goal of providing flowers in bloom throughout the season. This will entice a continuous succession of new visitors to your yard. It is especially important to have flowers in mid to late summer, when most butterflies are active. Flowers with multiple florets that produce abundant nectar are ideal.
Annuals are wonderful butterfly plants in Charlotte because they bloom continuously through the season, providing a steady supply of nectar in your butterfly garden. Perennial plants, such as coneflowers, lilac, butterfly weed, and asters, are visited regularly by butterflies. Most plants in the mint family are also good nectar sources for butterflies. We avoid double flowers because they are often bred for "showiness" and not nectar production.
Shelter is important to butterflies for a number of reasons. Butterflies prefer to feed and lay eggs in sheltered areas, where they will not be cooled by nor have to fight wind gusts. A row of shrubs or trees can make a dual purpose windbreak if plants that also provide food for moths or butterflies are selected. Place tall plants at the back and the sides of the butterfly garden for additional protection. Consider keeping a bowl of wet sand or creating a mud puddle in your garden to encourage butterfly puddling.
Call Elements of Charlotte at 704-359-7181 or Contact Us to learn more about having us design, build and create a natural butterfly garden for your yard!
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