One of my greatest pleasures is to stand still in my garden and watch a butterfly slowly drop down to rest on a flower and sip nectar. A rich and abundant flower garden can be like a Sunday brunch at the Ritz for a butterfly. 🙂 Well, they seems to enjoy the lunch and fond of the butterfly-attracting blooming plants like Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ and ‘White Swan’, Lavender, Buddleia (The butterfly bush) and Verbena Bonariensis in my garden.
Having butterflies flitting about in the garden is an added bonus. After all, butterflies are just as pretty as the flowers they like to visit. I get great pleasure watching them and smile when I think about the lovely words an unknown author wrote: «You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.»
A gardener told me this: Plant a butterfly garden with groups of plants. A group of plants is much easier for the butterflies to find, but it may not happen upon a single flower planted here and there. Butterflies will also appreciate finding a flat rock amongst the plants where they can rest and sun themselves. They’ll also be happy to find a place to get a drink of water.