Gardening – Wildlife – Butterflies



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Birds in the Garden / Bees / Worms / Butterflies

Butterflies are loved by all and indicators of a healthy garden. These beauties are alive for approximately 2 weeks, so why not make these 2 weeks in paradise? A good suggestion is to plant caterpillar food somewhere out of sight - so that they can congregate here and don't have to look elsewhere for food. Planting a butterfly garden will surely attract them and also charm your senses!

Plants to be included are:
Alyssum (Aurinia saxatilis)
African marigold (Tagetes erecta
Agastache foeniculum
Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum)
Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
Arabis (Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica)
Asperula hexaphylla
Astrantia major
Aubrieta (Aubrieta deltoidea)
Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)

Blanket flower (Gaillardia cultivars)
Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Buttercups (Ranunculus species)
Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii, also B. globosa, B. alternifolia)
Candytuft (Iberis amara)
Caryopteris (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)
Centaurea species e.g. C. dealbata, C. montana, C. macrocephala
Cherry laurel * (Prunus laurocerasus)
China aster (Callistephus chinensis)
Clovers (Trifolium species)
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Dahlias - single-flowered types

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Escallonia hybrids
Elephant's ears (Bergenia species)
Eryngium species
Firethorn (Pyracantha cultivars)
Fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica)
French marigold (Tagetes patula)
Garden mint (Mentha spicata)
Globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus)
Globe thistles (Echinops species)
Golden rod (Solidago species)
Hawthorn * (Crataegus monogyna)
Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
Heaths (Erica species, Daboecia species)
Hebe species
Heliotrope/cherry pie (Heliotropium cultivars)
Honesty (Lunaria annua)
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Hawkweeds (Hieracium species)
Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum)
Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Ice plant (Sedum spectabile - dark red cultivars are less attractive)
Ivy (Hedera helix)

Jacob's ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)
Knapweeds (Centaurea species)
Lady's smock (Cardamine pratensis)
Lavender (Lavandula species)
Liatris spicata
Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
Michaelmas daisies (Aster novae-angliae, A. amellus)
Mignonette (Reseda odorata)
Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
Perennial candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Privet * (Ligustrum species)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Red valerian (Centranthus ruber)
Sallows (Salix species, especially male forms of Salix caprea)
Scabious (Knautia arvensis and Succisa pratensis)
Stocks (Matthiola incana and hybrids)
Stonecrop (Sedum acre)
Soapwort (Saponaria species, especially S. ocymoides)
Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)

Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
Thistles (Cirsium species and Carduus species)
Thrift (Armeria species)
Thyme (Thymus species)
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Verbena (Verbena rigida)
Verbena bonariensis
Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)
Water mint (Mentha aquatica)
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

And larvae food...
Stinging nettles
Thistles
Cabbages & other brassicas
Nasturtiums
Garlic
Mustard
Lady's smock
Mixed grasses
Holly
Ivy
Alder buckthorn and purging buckthorn
Birdsfoot trefoil
Docks
Sorrels
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