While it’s not hard to find info on butterfly gardening, it can be difficult to decode which plants are best for over 725 species that have been sighted across the continental U.S. If you cross the border into Mexico, that number swells to 2k!
All these butterflies use different host plants, nectar flowers, and show up at different times of the season. Can you imagine the time and space you would need to appease all 725 of them?!
That’s one reason this blog focuses on monarch butterflies. I want to give you the best chance of achieving butterfly garden success through the power of focus!
I’ve received a few emails and facebook comments about the seemingly small scope of creating a monarch butterfly garden.
I’m here to share why creating one is much more all-encompassing and ultimately satisfying than the mass butterfly alternative.
1. This species covers a wide area including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Mediterranean countries, Indonesia, Hawaii, and other islands across the Pacific.
2. Monarch butterflies are one of the most populous butterflies across North America so it’s not an impossible dream to host them in your garden . (You can’t attract butterflies species that aren’t in your area!)
3. Monarchs frequent gardens much of spring, summer, fall, and even winter (for those in the southern US and Mexico). This is not true of many other species.
4. Your garden can help prepare them for a challenging fall migration thousands of miles away…they will need your garden to refuel along the way!
5. Monarchs can also provide education and excitement to kids of all ages who take on the challenge of raising them.
6. While the monarch population is larger than most other butterfly species, their numbers are dwindling compared to the past two decades. Your butterfly garden will help to insure these miracles of nature will be around to amaze and inspire future generations, as they have you…
Gardening to attract all, is gardening to attract none. Like many things in life, achieving focus will be the key to your success.
For more info on starting your own monarch butterfly garden click here