Beginners are in luck: It isn’t difficult to build and maintain a thriving butterfly habitat. Start small, though; one or two 10-by10-foot beds is enough. For a simple, effective use of space, plant a bed with a variety of color and forms, using these tried-and-true plants:
Bee BalmButterfly BushConeflowersDaisiesDandelionDayliliesLantanaLavenderLupineMexican SunflowersMilkweedPassionflowersSunflowersTall VerbenaZinnia
DillDogwoodDutchman’s-PipeFennelHopsMilkweedPawpaw TreePrickly Ash TreePussytoesPussy WillowQueen Anne’s LaceRedbudRueSpicebushSweet Bay MagnoliaViburnumWafer-Ash TreeWhite CloverWild Cherry TreeWild Violets
Photograph by Gary Kessler: This blue beauty is visiting us from Brazil, part of the 2011 Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory. Show Details: April 16-June 26, 2011. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 5-17 $4, Children 4 and under, free. Family pack, 2 adults and up to 6 children, $20. butterflyshow.com
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