This common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) towered to almost 6 feet and its fragrant flowers produced a sweet scent that filled our yard each summer.
The sweet smelling blooms have brought monarchs and other pollinators to our garden every year since, without exception.
Expectant monarch mothers have also dropped off their children on milkweed leaves, in hopes of continuing the monarch butterfly life cycle.
In recent years, you may have noticed less of these magnificent Halloween-themed beauties in your butterfly garden…you’re not the only one!
Plant It and They Will Come?
What has worked to insure a magical monarch experience for centuries, no longer applies in a modern world where habitat loss and harmful pesticides are contributing to the plummeting population of monarchs and other beneficial pollinators.
For those willing to adapt to this new reality, you can be part of the solution for a monarch butterfly recovery. Your actions will also insure that the magical monarch migration survives for your children…and hopefully their children too!
While our common milkweed continues to be a popular destination for butterflies visiting our yard, it was only an introduction to the wide world of milkweed plants.
There are over 30 varieties of milkweed plants that can be grown across North America. You’ll learn about growing them, and how they can be utilized to support monarch butterflies (and more!) in your garden. You’ll also learn:
- How to Start a butterfly garden with milkweed as your foundation
- How milkweed diversification can attract and support more monarchs
- Which milkweed varieties are favored by monarchs
- Which species are easiest to grow in your region?
- Plant propagation from milkweed seeds, cuttings, and division
- How to care for milkweed plants
- Organic pest control
Grow Nectar Flowers
Once you’ve established your cornerstone milkweed patch(es), we’ll discuss other ideas for making your butterfly garden a wildlife success:
- Best nectar plants for monarchs
- Find top butterfly flowers for your garden
- Butterfly Garden Tool and Resources (This list was created so you can easily find garden tools and accessories that will help make your butterfly garden a flying success!)
- Design ideas with butterfly themes for home and butterfly garden
Raise Monarch Butterflies
Raising monarchs is an awe-inspiring journey for butterfly lovers of all ages. Raising butterflies helps to boost the struggling monarch population, while increasing the wildlife wing count in your butterfly garden.
Discover the best raising tips and techniques I’ve collected over the past 30 years including:
- Milkweed ideas for supporting monarch caterpillars
- Choosing the right cage for your caterpillars
- Time-saving raising tips and techniques
- How to avoid monarch diseases and death
- Raising Resources to fast track your success
A funny thing happened when we started gardening specifically for monarchs. We also started to attract more pollinators…from beautiful butterflies to hyper-winged hummingbirds, busy little bees, and mysterious moths.
In this blog, I will also discuss which plants these precious pollinators have in common with monarch butterflies, in case you’d like to attract and support them too!
If you’re interested in joining our community to attract and support more monarchs, I’d like to offer free gardening and raising tips so that you can enjoy the ultimate monarch experience.
I look forward to filling your home and garden with the magic of monarchs, Tony