Butterfly bushes and butterfly plants | The butterfly attractors among plants with top 10
Chris van der Velde
Butterfly plants or butterfly bushes are plants that attract insects such as butterflies but also bees to the garden or pond. But in addition to butterfly plants, there are other aquatic plants that attract these insects to your pond and also contribute to making and keeping your pond healthy. your pond. Curious and want to know more? Then read on quickly.
All about the butterfly bush and butterfly plant
- What is the difference between a butterfly plant and a butterfly bush?
- Where is the best place to place butterfly plants and butterfly bushes?
- Are butterfly plants and butterfly bushes hardy?
- Which pond plants attract butterflies?
- Top 10 butterfly-attracting pond plants
What is the difference between a butterfly plant and a butterfly bush?
Although the names are similar, butterfly plants and butterfly bushes are different plants belonging to different genera. Butterfly plant is a collective name for different types of plants that attract butterflies. These plants can be either perennials or annuals, and can have flowers of different colors and shapes. Examples of butterfly plants include Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Salvia and Verbena. A butterfly bush, also known as Buddleja, is a green and deciduous shrub that attracts butterflies with its fragrant and colorful flowers. The flowers of butterfly bushes are often oblong in shape and grow in different colors, such as purple, pink, white, yellow and orange.
Where is the best place to place butterfly plants and butterfly bushes?
The butterfly bush and the butterfly plant both have similar needs when it comes to planting. It is important for both to plant them in a sunny spot with occasional shade. In this regard, it is important to plant the pond plant placed in a moisture-permeable soil, also water the plants regularly when doing so. To keep the butterfly bush and butterfly plant flowering long and rich and healthy during the spring, it is advisable to give the plants extra nutrition. This helps them to grow and bloom even faster.
Are butterfly plants and butterfly bushes hardy?
Butterfly bushes are generally hardy and can tolerate cold temperatures and frost well. Some species of butterfly plants are also hardy, while others are more sensitive to cold temperatures and frost. Therefore, it is important to check which specific species are suitable for your climate zone before planting them. It is also advisable to properly protect the plants from extreme cold, strong winds and excessive humidity during winter.
Pond plants attract butterflies to the pond
Pond plants with large colorful flowers literally appeal to butterflies, this is because these types of aquatic plants give off nectar, which butterflies, as well as bees, love. - Simon
Which pond plants attract butterflies?
But did you know that butterfly plants and butterfly bushes are not the only plants that attract butterflies to your pond or garden? There are a lot of other aquatic plants that are suitable for this and that also look beautiful, require little care and are hardy! Some examples are: Swan Flower (Butomus Umbellatus), Yellow Lis (Iris pseudacorus) and Pikeweed (Pontederia cordata)..
Top 10 butterfly-attracting pond plants
1. Swan Flower
2. Yellow Lis
3. Water mint
4. Pink Lis
5. Pikeweed purple
6. Blue Lis
8. White Lis
9. Pikeweed pink
10. Pikeweed white
These pond plants help attract butterflies and other insects such as bees to your pond and keep the biological balance of your pond intact. They also keep the water values in the pond stable!
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Frequently asked questions about the butterfly bush and butterfly plant
Butterfly plants and butterfly bushes are plants that need warmth to bloom, so it is recommended to plant the plants in spring.
The most common and beautiful butterfly bushes are: Buddleja davidii 'Santana', Buddleja davidii 'Les Kneale', Buddleja davidii 'Summer Beauty', Buddleja davidii 'Buzz Sky Blue', Buddleja × weyriana 'Sungold', Buddleja davidii 'Blue Horizon' and Buddleja alternifolia.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.