Enhance Your Landscape With a Butterfly Garden

It may feel like the dead of winter here at the Lake, but spring will be here before you know it. Whether you want to upgrade the plants in your landscape, or completely revamp your paradise with a water feature, Paradise Landscaping can help. A fun garden to incorporate into your landscape is a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens incorporate specific plants and flowers that attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and bees. It can make for a summer afternoon, sitting back and watching these beautiful insects drift by on lazy summer days. Here are a few beautiful plants that will attract these colorful creatures.

About Butterfly Gardens

In order to make your garden successful, you have to have host plants and nectar plants. The host plants allow the butterflies to lay their eggs in your garden, which creates a life cycle. After many years, you could have generations of butterflies coming back to your garden. Butterflies typically lay their eggs in late spring, and the eggs hatch 3–6 days after they are laid. It takes 3–4 weeks for a caterpillar to pupate and 9–14 days to emerge as an adult. It's best to either plant your garden in the early spring or in the fall. So now is the time to schedule time with the best landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Butterfly Attracting Plants and Their Scientific Names

Azalea - Rhododendron spp.
Black-Eyed - Susan Rudbeckia hirta
Butterfly Bush - Buddleja davidii
Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
Egyptian Star Flower - Pentas lanceolata
Ironweed - Veronia baldwinii
Joe-Pye Weed - Eupatorium purpureum
Lantana - Lantana camara
French Marigold - Tagetes patula
New England Aster - Aster novae-angliae
Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea
Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata
Blazing Star - Liatris spp.
Vervain - Verbena spp.
Zinnia - Zinnia elegans

Butterfly Host Plants and What They Attract

Willow (Salix spp.) attracts the Red Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) attracts the Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) attracts the Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) 
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) attracts the Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 
Hop Tree (Ptelea trifoliata) attracts the Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Senna (Cassia spp.) attracts the Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) attracts the Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) 
Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) attracts the Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Enjoy Your Garden

Now that we've set the stage for a beautiful space, you can sit back and enjoy it. Paradise Landscaping specializes in creating a place for you to enjoy in any season. From creating your Lake of the Ozarks landscape in the spring, maintaining it in the summer, raking leaves in the fall, and helping it survive the winter. Spring will be here soon, so there's no time like the present to call and schedule an appointment to talk with our specialists.

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