Planning a garden around a specific theme or interest is often requested by our clients. Consider fulfilling an area of your landscape with a pond, or a garden specifically designed to attract butterflies.
Often these same gardens become havens for hummingbirds and songbirds as well. These gardens must be situated in a sunny location (5-6 hours a day), but sheltered from the winds. Butterflies need the sun to warm themselves, but they won’t feed in an area where they are constantly fighting the wind to stay on plants. It’s also important to include a few flat stones in the bed for the butterflies to warm themselves. Another important aspect is the inclusion of a water source in the bed; a “mud puddle” or damp sandy area are wonderful additions.
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Butterflies use two different types of plants – those that provide nectar for the adults, and those that provide food for their offspring (host plant). Combining both types of plants will ensure a garden visited all summer long by native butterflies. With the addition of a few other nectar-producing plants, you can attract hummingbirds to the bed as well. Some of the plants we use in our designs include asters, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, blanket flower, coreopsis, goldenrod, coneflowers, verbena and lantana. It’s best to combine both annuals and perennials in the bed to provide a constant source of nectar. Even adding a few of these plants to the perennial beds will attract butterflies to your landscape. Have fun with your landscape and add a special garden to enjoy these beautiful summer visitors.
Schmechtig Landscapes is a landscape contractor who provides landscape design, landscape installation, and landscape services for clients in North Shore Suburbs of Chicagoland, Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland, Lake Geneva, and surrounding communities.