Backyard Butterfly Garden – FineGardening

Backyard Butterfly Garden - FineGardening

Welcome to Libby Breitenbaugh’s butterfly garden!

I live in Irmo, South Carolina. I have a medium-size butterfly garden that is three years old and very much a work in progress. My butterfly garden is mostly perennials with a few annuals. I have both nectar and host plants. My garden brings me so much joy. As you can see by my pictures, I also get other beautiful visitors in my garden. I have always had a love for flowers and wildlife. Each day I look forward to seeing who comes to visit my garden.

The butterfly garden in June 2019

American lady butterfly on Verbena ‘Lollipop’ (Zones 6–9)

Buckeye butterfly on ‘Salsa Red’ coneflower (Echinacea ‘Salsa Red’ Zone 4–9)

Dark morph of an eastern tiger swallowtail on lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 9–11 or as annual)

Coneflower Cheyenne spirit (Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Zones 4–9)

Gray hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus) on May night salvia (Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ Zones 4–9)

A female ruby-throated hummingbird

View of the garden in June 2019

Wide view of Libby’s butterfly garden

‘Mandarin Double Scoop’ coneflower (Echinacea ‘Mandarin Double Scoop’, Zones 4–9)

Northern cardinal on bird bath

Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Phlox.

Libby’s butterfly garden is a great success. If you want to create your own, remember to avoid using insecticides of any kind, plant lots of natives, and provide food for both caterpillars and adult butterflies. We’ve got ideas for great plants for a butterfly garden here.


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