Butterflies are undoubtedly one of the most intriguing insects known to us. Each time these graceful flies flutter their wings, we get to enjoy an array of eye-catching, vibrant colors. If you share the same passion of watching butterflies around, nothing could be more satisfying than create butterfly outdoor gardens. Butterfly outdoor gardens may look quite different from conventional gardens. The types of flowers that a gardener should choose to use in butterfly outdoor gardens are greatly determined by the area they live in. There are over 20,000 species of butterfly, with about 750 in North America alone. Each species is drawn to different flowers and different regions support various plants, so understanding the types of butterflies and floras native to each region is essential. There are, however, a few rules that apply to any butterfly garden.
Butterflies are drawn to both plants they can feed on and plants that they can lay eggs in. The best butterfly outdoor gardens will include some of each type of plant. High nectar flowers will provide the food that they require while full grown, while leafy shrubs and bushes give food for the young and therefore provide a good place for the females to lay eggs. Butterflies are very nearsighted, so they prefer groups of the same plant to a single stem. They tend to be drawn most to colors like red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow.