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Creating a Butterfly Garden

By Catmint20906
September 22, 2015

Many of us envision a peaceful paradise where butterflies float, serenely sipping nectar from the beauty we have created. For me, the reality of a butterfly garden is humming, vibrant, and thrilling beyond anything I ever could have imagined. Here are some tips for creating a butterfly garden of your own.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Sep 21, 2015 7:43 PM CST
Well written and informative article. And we all should include butterfly habitat in our gardens. Thumbs up
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Sep 21, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Nice job Catmint!
Thanks for all the resources Green Grin!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 22, 2015 4:03 AM CST
Thanks so much for your kind words, Rita and Dirt! Much appreciated. Thank You! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Sep 22, 2015 4:43 PM CST
Robin, thanks for this very informative article on creating a butterfly garden, great tips, links, and plant suggestions. Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 22, 2015 4:52 PM CST
Thanks so much for your kind words, Margaret--I appreciate it! Thank You! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Sep 22, 2015 6:14 PM CST
I agree !!

Excellent article, Robin! Hurray!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 22, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Fabulous links Robin! Thank you for them. I will be referring back to this article many times I'm sure.
Wonderfully written.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 23, 2015 4:48 AM CST
Thanks so much for your kind words, Chelle and Ann! *Blush* Thank You! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Sep 23, 2015 10:44 AM CST
I agree, great article and links. In my quest to add in native plants as much as possible, I'll also make note of those that attract these pretty little critters. I don't know one from the other, but do enjoy them when they show up.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 23, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Thanks, Deb! Thank You! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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