|This design is for a 10x12 Garden. Double it if you have
a bigger spot, or shrink it if your spot is tiny. Small spaces can be
designed without the stepping stones. Swap out the suggested plants for
other plants you might like that attract butterflies and bees. For info
on how to care for your pollinators and butterfly/bee gardens,and about
butterfly behavior, visit this page.
To learn how to grow a butterfly garden specific to saving the
Monarch butterfly, visit this page.
Suggested plants for butterfly gardens - Several of the
suggested plants are grown in my butterfly and pollinator gardens.
For a perennial garden (plants that return year after year)
Check the USDA cold hardiness map for plants that are cold hardy in your
If you can design a small butterfly garden for your front and
backyards, you'll have an abundance of butterflies in and around your
gardens and landscapes until late fall. If your garden provides food for
larvae, you will be able to raise families. Your food and flower gardens
will benefit from steady pollination all summer. If you wish to
butterfly your entire small-space garden, put this plan, or variations
of it, in each corner.
Feel free to print out this page for reference.
Your local nurseries can help you choose the native plants
that attract butterflies and that will thrive in your area.