The Butterfly Garden
By Garreta Kipp, Fort Bend Master Gardener, July 14, 2019
Butterflies are a sure sign of spring, are enjoyed throughout the summer, and specially planted gardens are a sure way to attract them! If you have ever watched butterflies flit about a garden, you have probably noticed they prefer colorful flowers with forms that provide easy landing spots for hungry butterfly guests! You may have noticed, too, that butterflies prefer to lay their eggs on host plants that will provide food for the ravenous caterpillars that will eventually transform into the next generation of graceful butterflies.
When all is said and done, a well-designed butterfly garden will support the life-cycle of this universally loved winged insect. It will also provide you with a lovely and restful place to be captivated and fascinated by nature! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners have designed just such a delightful garden, ready for you to visit and experience first-hand.
Our Master Gardener demonstration garden is situated in a location that provides plenty of sun, which Butterflies love. Our garden also provides plants that shelter from the wind and rain, which butterflies need. And perhaps most importantly, our garden provides the flowering and host plants that butterflies seek!
Why not visit our garden to get ideas for yours? When visiting, you will find a display case on site with a listing of many of the plants we have successfully used. And, of course, if you bring a camera, you can get close up photos of the plants (with name plates) that most inspire you to start a beautiful butterfly garden of your own!
To quote the chairman of our Butterfly Garden: “We are proud of our garden. By providing this habitat we are attracting and supporting butterflies of this area, while encouraging other gardeners to do the same.”
Photo credit: Julie Evett, Fort Bend Master Gardener