Design Ideas for a Shapely Butterfly Garden
Some have learned to deal with Ms. Nature’s weather tantrums by adding shapely butterfly designs into the garden landscape. Here are a few ideas that might inspire you to add some permanent butterflies to your garden.
1. Butterfly Chair Decor
Sometimes furniture looks out of place outside of the patio. But using butterflies or other nature inspired designs is the perfect fit to enhance your garden ambience.
2. White Picket Fence Decor
A mini white picket fence around your butterfly raised bed adds a bit of cottage charm to the garden. However, I’d suggest an alternate location for your bird house to avoid causing nature confrontations…and an over-fertilized garden! 😉
3. Multi-level Butterfly Design
This miniature raised bed is a perfect annual centerpiece for small space gardening. It’s dimensions are 10′ x 10′ and depth ranges to 18″. It’s also supports trailing plants to add visual pow!
4. Cute Container Garden Idea
All you need is a pot, some paint, a cute pair of baby feet and… you’re good to grow!
5. Butterflies are for the Birds
The expanded shape (compared to traditional bird baths) might even inspire more birds to share. I’ll take the West Wing!
6. Monarch Mailbox
This creative Monarch Mailbox was designed by community member Linda D. with some help from her husband…
How did they do it?
I took a favorite photo and drew the wings on some plywood. Then I used a jigsaw to cut them out. I used outdoor wood paint (rustoleum ) and hand painted and then my airbrush to finish the colors. The eyes were made with champagne corks and colored beads…then my husband attached them and the wings and I painted the caterpillar on the post. The antenna are painted clothes hangers.
Linda says this was a fun project and, more importantly, her mailman really likes it! 🙂
7. Butterfly Walkway
During the season, this structure could be naturally covered with climbing vines. During the winter months it could support holiday lights and other decorations. A garden-sized arbor of a similar design could be an attractive addition to your landscape.
8. Butterfly Stepping Stones
Look up at the sky, or down at your feet, in hopes that a butterfly your eyes will soon meet! (Perhaps I should walk away from Monarch Butterfly Garden and start a poetry site?)
I’m not sure how hard it is to keep looking like this, but it’s certainly visually appealing in this photo.
10. Better Surroundings for Irregular Raise Beds
Although there seems to be a lot of unused real estate in this raised bed, having a gravel path around it should make it easier to care for. Irregular-shaped raised beds look good in theory, but wait until you have to mow around them every week!
11. Attractive, Accessible Raised Beds
4 wings, 1 body, easy access to all plants, and a straight-edged square for your mowing convenience.
12. Portable Raised Beds
An interesting idea that requires plants with shallow root growth. However, with the right plants, this set up would be a fine addition to the garden and could be easily moved at your convenience.
The question from #9 that bears repeating: How easy is it be to keep this masterpiece in this condition?
13. Late-Summer Milkweed Pod Decor
I realize this isn’t a butterfly shaped design, but it can be created by taking the pods from this favorite butterfly garden plant. Add a few rocks to secure the glass and you’ve got a bird bath that rarely needs refilling.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to create permanent butterfly designs for your garden. Sign up for free butterfly garden tips below and I’ll also teach you how to attract real butterflies to your garden doorstep.