|West Midlands Branch|
There many excellent accounts of how to garden for butterflies, both on the web and in books.
The main principle is to plant a succession of flowers to ensure a steady supply of nectar throughout the flight season. Do not just plant Buddleias as although they may attract the larger commoner butterflies, they do not readily attract the smaller and rarer species. Sedum and Michaelmas Daisies are very useful in the autumn and cultivated Heathers in the spring. Butterflies also feed on Lavender, Corn Daisies, Candytuft and Marsh Marigolds.
If you are really keen then plant the caterpillar food plants as well, though be very wary of planting nettles as they will take over and are hard to eliminate. To find out what caterpillar food plants would be useful, consult any good butterfly guide book.
and for junior gardeners -
Butterfly Products - Green Gardener
Creating a Butterfly Garden - Linda Walls' experiences in Cirencester.
Floyd's Guide to Butterfly Gardening - Derby Council
Flowers for Butterflies - Worldwide Butterflies
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