(1) Choose plants that are larval hosts for the butterfly species that you would like to attract.
Butterflies tend to hang out the most in gardens where they find their host plants, so the important first questions are:
Which butterflies would you like to attract?
Which plants do those butterflies need for their life cycle?
There are many resources on the Web that can help you learn more about plants that specific butterflies use to lay their eggs on. Here are some links that I found helpful for choosing butterfly larval host plants:
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