Attracting butterflies is the whole point of a butterfly garden. It is a great way to enjoy nature and let your children, and yourself as well, learn all about the fascinating world of butterflies. By doing a little butterfly gardening you will learn the kinds of butterflies that live in your area, what plants they need to eat, and what other things they need to live well. These will be what draws them to your garden.
You will learn the difference between host plants and nectar plants. A butterfly garden needs both and you as the gardener need to be sure you have the correct ones for the butterflies you want to attract.
To attract the butterflies you may also need to learn different organic gardening methods. As butterflies are insects, any chemicals you use to rid your garden of pest insects will also drive away and kill the butterflies you wish to attract. Here you will learn about different types of companion plantings that will help your butterflies providing them with shelter as well as protection.
Even better, creating a butterfly space within your flower garden will give you some interesting garden design and garden decor opportunities. For hibernation puposes and sustenance, you will need to provide the butterflies with houses and water features. Just a couple more things you will learn in the articles listed to the right as you learn how to create a butterfly garden.