Building a butterfly haven in your garden

June 15th 2017
By: Melanie
Building a butterfly haven in your garden

In any Harpenden or St Albans garden it would be a delight to find more butterfly’s enjoying your flowers as much as you do. If you would like to attract more butterflies into your garden here are some ideas on building a butterfly haven to help make your outdoor space a 'go-to' place for butterflies this summer.
 
By Increase the amount of pollinator-friendly plants in your outdoor space you will be supporting the UK's butterfly population. It's a fairly easy and low cost gardening project that will bring lots of life and colour to your doorstep and will delight the children.
 
To create a butterfly haven: First make a butterfly bath: All you need is two terracotta pots (almost any size will do). Turn one upside down to create height. Then put a terracotta saucer on top and make a little 'island' using pebbles and/or stones. Into this you can put some fresh sliced fruit, and or herbs and water.
 
Then pick and plan some of the right plants! Butterflies will visit any outdoor space, however small, if they can feed   from suitable nectar plants. This is the top ten list of nectar-producing plants: Papaver, Phlox, Lavender, Foxglove, Potentilla, Campanula, Dianthus, Rhodanthemum, Polemonium, Dahlia. Butterflies like the sunshine and warmth, so think about where to plant you flowers in your outdoor space a sunny, sheltered spot work best.
 
When you have built your butterfly haven make sure you spend some time out there relaxing in the sunshine and watch as the butterfly numbers flourish.
 
http://butterfly-conservation.org/