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Butterflies are special to almost everyone. Their fluttering flight has something clumsy and endearing. It’s great if one is perching on your arm and admiring its radiant wings up close. Would you like to see more butterflies in your garden? 

Check our tips for a butterfly garden below!

Nectar, food for butterflies

Do you want more butterflies in your garden? Start with the right plants. 
Butterflies live on nectar, a sweet substance in flowers. It is important that flowers bloom in the garden from spring to autumn. So choose plants that give nectar from March to October, preferably different types. This way you take into account the spring and autumn butterflies! In addition, a good butterfly garden cannot do without purple, blue and yellow flowers . Butterflies see these colors best. View our top 10 butterfly plants below.

Food for caterpillars

Of course, in a butterfly-friendly garden, you must first have caterpillar food plants, also known as ‘host plants’. Caterpillars are extremely picky, they often only like a few types of plants. Clover, cabbage varieties and nettle are a few examples.


Butterflies need warmth from the sun to fly, which is why they seek out the sunniest spots in the garden. Therefore, plant butterfly bell plants in the sun and also provide sunny spots out of the wind, where they can warm up quietly.

High and low

If the plants in a garden have different heights, butterflies can orient themselves well. Just as we recognize buildings, for example. In the garden, therefore, vary the height of the plants so that they find their way.

A safe place in winter

Each butterfly species overwinters in its own way, but they all need shelter. In a bare, cleanly raked garden, they are not protected from rain or cold. Leave faded plants and do not clean up too neatly. Other insects can then also find a good shelter.

Top 10 butterfly plants

Help butterflies by bringing many more near you: in your garden or near your home. This is possible with plants from which the butterflies can drink nectar and with host plants on which they can deposit their eggs. From these eggs grow caterpillars that pupate and then become butterflies again. We have listed ten butterfly plants for you:

  1. Butterfly bush  (Buddleja davidii)
  2. Iron-hard  (Verbena bonariensis)
  3. Wild marjoram  (Origanum vulgare)
  4. Beemdkroon  (Knautia arvensis)
  5. Damask flower  (Hesperis matronalis)
  6. Celestial key  (Sedum spectabile)
  7. Autumn aster  (Aster novi-belgii)
  8. Queenswort  (Eupatorium purpureum)
  9. Purple coneflower  (Echinacea purpurea)
  10. Bergamot  (Monarda fistulosa)

Fun for you and for the butterfly:  Honeysuckle (Lonicera) ,  Silene  and  Phlox  are wonderfully scented evening bloomers that attract many moths.