I want to make a butterfly garden I live in Wallingford, CT

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Need advice on what plants to buy.
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  • Judith Wines Judith Wines on May 30, 2015
    Butterfly bushes! All nursery and plant catalogs have them..they attract butterflies like a magnet. We have them in our yard and always have multitudes of butterflies.
  • Renae Skipper Renae Skipper on May 30, 2015
    Plant Lantana plants. They make a small bush that blooms small pink, yellow and orange flower clusters. Butterflies love them.
  • Dorothy Collett Dorothy Collett on May 30, 2015
    Some caterpillars munch on dill, cilantro, fennel. Some butterflies visit (in later summer) zinnias, lantanas, pentas, honeysuckle, almost any blooming plant. Each butterfly has its own diet. The monarch only survives on milkweed (different types). So if you want a special butterfly you need do do the research.
  • Sue Peet Sue Peet on May 30, 2015
    Take Dorothy's advice especially if you want to attract a certain type of butterfly. I've seen Monarch on butterfly bushes, milkweed. Go on the internet, there is lots of information on attracting butterflies.
  • Cynthia Spurlock Cynthia Spurlock on May 30, 2015
    Just be sure to plant some parsley, or dill for the butterflies to lay their eggs and then watch the caterpillars devour the plant. We watched them build cocoons and then hatch. Circle of life!
  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 30, 2015
    PLANT ONLY ORGANIC SEED/PLANTS OR YOU WILL END UP WITH DEAD CATERPILERS AND BUTTERFLIES. MANY STORES (HOME DEPOT AND I AM SURE LOWES) HAVE PLANTS PRETREATED WITH A NICOTINE DERIVITIVE TO KEEP BUGS OFF YOUR PLANTS. THIS KILLED THOUSANDS OF BEES IN OREGON WHEN ALMOND TREES WERE TREATED. TRY A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY AND LOOKL FOR MILKWEEDS, WILD ASTERS, ETC THAT ATTRACT BEES. LATER IN THE FALL, GATHER SOME SEED TO PLANT IN YOUR GARDEN.
  • Barb Rosen Barb Rosen on May 30, 2015
    Anise Hyssop, varieties of Coneflowers, Fennel (host plant for swallowtail butterflies) and Joe Pye Weed work well in my garden. Here are more: http://insects.about.com/od/butterfliesmoths/tp/12nectarperennials.htm
  • Mary Ann Sutter Mary Ann Sutter on May 31, 2015
    Contact the state government agency whose mission it is to protect and preserve CT's natural flora and fauna. Here in MO it is the Dept of Conservation and they have a very informative web site and personnel. Don't forget to include plants that are beneficial to caterpillars as well as the adult butterflies. Good luck.
  • Briana Christine Briana Christine on Jun 01, 2015
    Butterflies love zinnia too. You can also put out a shallow dish with orange slices. They love it. Enjoy your garden :-)
  • John Craven John Craven on Jun 05, 2015
    Would suggest a butterfly bush(Buddleia). Comes in three separate colors and has prolonged blooms July, August and September. Am contemplating it myself.
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