Create a butterfly paradise

Gardening for Butterflies and MothsButterflies like warmth so choose sunny, sheltered spots when planting nectar plants. Plant lots of different nectar plants to increase the number of species. Plant the same types of plants together in blocks. Try to plant so there are flowers right through the butterfly season from spring to autumn.Spring flowers are vital for butterflies coming out of hibernation. Autumn flowers help butterflies build up their reserves for winter. Plant original species as they provide much more nectar than hybrids. Prolong flowering by deadheading flowers, mulching with organic compost, and watering well to keep the plants healthy. Plants that are well-watered will produce far more nectar for hungry butterflies. Plant a border that is not only packed with colour during the spring and summer months, but has the added bonus of ensuring a host of winged visitors to your garden. Below is a list of a few plants that attract butterflies.

For Spring nectar plant:
For late Summer/Autumn nectar plant:
Aubretia
Buddleia
Ice Plant (Sedum spectabile)
Bluebells
Candytuft
Ivy
Cuckooflower
Chives
Lavender
Dandelion 
Chrysthanemum
Lilac
Garlic Mustard
Common bird's-foot trefoil
Marjoram (Origanum)
Honesty
Cornflower
Michaelmas Daisy
Pansy
Escallonia
Mint
Primrose
Forget-me-not
Phlox
Sweet Rocket
French Marigold
Purple Loosestrife
Sweet William
Globe Thistle
Red Valerian
Wallflower
Hebe
Scabious
Willow
Honeysuckle
Thistles
Violas
Hyssop
Thyme

Download PDF Gardening Leaflet: Gardening for Butterflies and Moths.

External Link: Northern Ireland Butterfly Conservation www.bcni.org.uk or their National site: www.butterfly-conservation.org