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There is something magical about butterflies floating in the garden. These whimsical insects are not only a beautiful sight to see, but together with their caterpillars they are also an important part of the food chain and good food for many other creatures.

For our part, we can help promote butterflies and also moths in our gardens by planting various annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that attract them with colorful flowers and rich nectar.

With 58 species of butterflies native to the UK, there are many that you can look forward to, although unfortunately many are on the verge of extinction. Therefore, any help that you can offer by planting in the garden will of course be more than you have welcomed.

Its probably best to start planting to attract caterpillars to your garden, after all, that’s where butterflies start, as we all know. If you create an area where they can lay eggs and produce young, you will surely also attract breeding butterflies to observe.

Oddly enough, many of the most common plants that we choose to attract real butterflies are not particularly suitable for caterpillars to live. Unfortunately, many caterpillars like to eat plants that we often call weeds, such as nettles, thistles, ivy or docks. However, these plants can easily be integrated into a wildflower area in your garden, which can also be used to grow sapphireberries, daisies and other more attractive annuals.

If you really want to have a wide variety of butterflies in your garden, it is best to plant flowers that bloom at different times of the year to give these wonderful creatures the opportunity to feed for as long as possible and also to give them the opportunity to see as many as possible in spring, summer and autumn.

Our top ten recommendations for plants that attract butterflies to your garden are:

1. Buddleja
Extravagant feathers of colorful flowers create a dynamic SUMMER display that extends into autumn. The gray-green foliage is thin and elegant, turning to buttery yellow in autumn. Buddleja has a compact vertical growth that can easily be accommodated in sheds without overcrowding its neighbors. Always popular with insect pollinators, these pretty butterfly bushes are a useful addition to wildlife gardens and cottage garden borders.

2. Sedum
Sedum is a magnet for butterflies in the garden; and is reliable, robust and always colorful! Sedums tend to form a clump, with fleshy drought-resistant foliage and pink autumn flowers. Sedum plants are most comfortable in cosy, sunny borders and require no maintenance, so they are ideal for beginners. Their autumn flowering season is useful to extend the interesting season in the garden.

3. Lifting
The lifts provide impact and structure in the garden with minimal effort. Often slow growing and compact in nature and also very easy to grow and incredibly resistant! The colors of the summer flower spikes range from deep sapphire or purple to pure white. Flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies. The Hebes work perfectly in large pots or outdoors in the garden and prove to be bone-tough against whatever the British winter throws at it.

4. Verbena bonariensis
The densely clustered florets form shiny lavender flower heads that float on rigidly erect branched stems. The long-lasting flowers of Verbena bonariensis attract clouds of bees and butterflies. This perennial verbena has regained increasing popularity in recent years and blends wonderfully with herbs for a calm planting scheme or adds a touch of architectural style to herbaceous borders. This elegant perennial is most effective when planted in large strips.

5. Echinops
Echinops are a popular perennial plant with a strong architectural impact. Prickly balls of electric sapphire flowers sit on silvery green stems that make excellent cut flowers, whether fresh or dried. The after summer flowers rise above tufts of thorny, deeply cut foliage, which contrasts attractively with other perennials. Milk thistle works well for sunny borders of cottage gardens and cosy gravel gardens. Pollinating insects love it too, so plant a few in your wildlife reserves for local butterflies.

6. Echinacea
Echinacea is known for its stunning large flowers with contrasting cones that stand proudly above strong stems. The flowers can reach 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) in diameter. Once established, bushy plants produce clumps of stems that add height to their boundaries, attract butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden and form spectacular and long-lasting cut flowers. and choose something fun and colorful to try!

7. Asters
Perhaps one of the easiest plants to grow in any garden and especially popular with farm garden themes. Aster is a perfect complement to the colors of after summer and autumn. These compact and hardy perennials will burst in August with a suffocation of beautiful purple/sapphire daisy-like flowers that will give you a generous show until after autumn. Once these plants are established in your beds or borders, they will come back year after year and we guarantee that you will look forward to seeing them bloom, just like many bees looking for a after chance of nectar.

8. Lavender
English lavender is known for bearing masses of dark purple-sapphire inflorescences. The fragrant stems of lavender are ideal for cutting or drying, and the nectar-rich flowers are particularly attractive to butterflies and bees. Lavender works very well as a low hedge or a roadside where the fragrance can be appreciated when you walk past the aromatic evergreen foliage.

9. Sapphireberries
Dense buds with large flowers ranging from white to beautiful deep sapphire are produced freely on compact and bushy plants. Once a common sight in grain fields, annual sapphireberry stills have a big impact on summer gardens and meadows. The intensely colored flowers of sapphireberries are ideal for cutting and are a magnet for bees and butterflies in the garden.

10. Fennel seeds
Don’t be surprised by a colorless after summer garden – Helenium actually blooms much later in the summer, so it is ideal for extending the color season! This hardy perennial is loved by bees and butterflies, and many are the proud holders of the RHS Awards of Garden Merit, so it is highly recommended as a reliable garden plant. The hellebore is tall and is ideal for filling gaps in the borders and adding height. It looks especially beautiful with herbs.
Whatever varieties you choose for your garden, butterflies will be grateful for the source of nectar, so plant now!

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