Who wouldn’t love to have a beautiful garden behind or beside their home? Not only is a garden a place of tranquility and peace, it is a place of beauty that appeals to many admirers, including those looking for a new home. A well-established flower garden that requires minimal care would rarely be anything but a selling point to potential buyers, and it’s a source of fun for hobby-lovers of all ages.

A wonderful aspect of a well-planned flower garden is that it may save a lot of area that needs mowed or trimmed in the summer, and it can be a wonderful attraction for birds and butterflies. With the right plants, some flower gardens can need little more than occasional pruning or watering if it is particularly dry.

To add whimsy to your garden, you will need to attract butterflies. The best way to do that is to plant perennials that give nectar, which will ensure you have butterfly visitors from spring through autumn. Butterflies are most active in the full sun, and most plants they love grow well in full sun. Many of these plants also double as herbs that are edible and may give a lovely scent to your yard as well.

Choose an area that is not frequently disturbed by animals if possible, and make sure to include some areas with rocks – it need not be fancy, but many whimsical plants need soil that does not become saturated and do well near rocks. Rocks from the local riverbed do well, or you can purchase them from a local lawn and garden store. If you wish to create pathways, rocks or brick are encouraged. A birdbath and bench is a perfect addition for enjoying your garden.

When choosing plants, think about high color, high nectar, and little maintenance. In general, you will want perennials – flowers that come back year after year, and remember that butterflies and hummingbirds like flowers that have open petals and a tubule in the middle, from which they can withdraw nectar.

Flowers for Butterflies in Midland

Good flower choices according in Midland according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service‘s beginners guide to selecting host plants for our most common butterfly gardening species includes the following:

  • black swallowtail on parsley, dill or fennel
  • gulf frittilary on passion vine
  • monarch butterfly on milkweeds
  • orange-barred sulphur on senna or cassia

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