Do you like butterflies?

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t.  The sight of a butterfly makes us pause whatever we were doing and take a few moments to observe their fragile beauty.

Kids are even more entranced by butterflies.  Every year, I take my kids to visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s butterfly exhibit where they can view them up close.

What if you could attract more butterflies to your garden?  It’s not hard to do.  

Adding plants to your garden that attract butterflies is also a great way to add both beauty to your outdoor space.  

We are fortunate that there are countless plants that make butterfly gardening in the Southwest garden both fun and rewarding.

Like most of us, adult butterflies love lots of flowers.

While I enjoy seeing butterflies visiting my own garden, I’ve also had the privilege of designing a butterfly and hummingbird garden alongside a golf course a few years ago.

It’s so enjoyable to walk through the winding path and sit underneath the shade of palo verde trees and see the butterflies fluttering nearby.

So, would you like to create a garden that attracts butterflies?  

You don’t have to do one on a large scale, adding a few plants or creating a container filled with butterfly-attracting plants is fun and easy to do.

To get started, here is a great resource with lists of plants that will attract butterflies to your Southwest garden.  In addition, there is also a handy photographic guide to help you identify the butterflies who visit your garden.

**Do you have any plants in your garden that butterflies seem attracted to?**
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. dryheatblog
    dryheatblog says:

    In time, that butterfly garden area will hopefully reseed to expand that area outward…very nice. Damianita and lantana good ones, not to mention Conoclinium greggii!

    Thanks for the link, too…great compendium of what I need to look out for using the SW list.

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