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Break down garden into three blockings
May 14, 2012

Welcome to the Flying Butterfly!

Have a plan with planting.
Break down your butterfly garden into 3 blockings.



Visualize your butterfly garden in 3 blockings for plant placement:

  • The Foundation, or Background. These are evergreens as well as larger trees and bushes. They provide:

    • A windbreak so butterflies feeding don't get blown away.
    • Tucked away foundation plants also provide hosts where butterfly caterpillars can safely achieve metamorphosis.
    • With all of the eating by caterpillars, leaves on hosts will be less noticeable in your garden or yard.

  • The Support, or Intermediate area. These are bushes, shrubs and larger, mounding perennial plants that:

    • Define the garden and it's borders.
    • Are flowering blooms that provide nectar sources for butterflies.
    • Host plants that also work in this area.

  • The Flair, or Foreground. These are annuals and perennials that:

    • Add eye-candy to your garden.
    • Play with colors that you like.
    • Bring butterflies in with how they see color.
      The wildlife gardening page helps to understand this. Also see butterfly anatomy page for more on how butterflies see.


FYI:
This is the best time of year to plant evergreens, shrubs and climbers.




Happy Butterfly Gardening!


Elizabeth @ Easy Butterfly Garden



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