We spent hundreds of hours researching and then planting the plants and flowers to attract butterflies to our backyard in both Florida and Colorado. We had over 300 larval and nectar plants in Florida and had a continuous stream of some of the most beautiful creatures on this earth. Enjoy! (To Enlarge Image -click on magnifying glass in lower right corner of image - while Image is enlarged, click arrow for Slide Show of page with captions)
It doesn't matter where you live, you can establish your very own butterfly garden and enjoy butterflies more often.
First determine your "zone" for growing and research what type of butterflies live in that area naturally. As you learn about the butterflies, you will find out what type of plants the caterpillars need and what type of flowers the adults require for nectar. Once those critters realize that they have everything they need right there in your own yard, they stay there - permanently.
Ok - so we do not have year-round butterflies in Wyoming, but we sure are cultivating for the season!
Establishing a butterfly garden is truly a labor of love for nature. Quick story - Dad was visiting and making a thorough inspection of our landscaping and terracing endeavors. He ran into the house shouting, "get the spray - get the spray - there are caterpillars eating your leaves out there!" I looked at him and with a most contented smile I said, "Dad, no spray is necessary. Those caterpillars are doing what we want them to do, getting bigger so they can grow into adult butterflies."