Butterfly garden

Asked June 23, 2019, 3:57 PM EDT

I just moved And would like to plant a butterfly garden. Is it too late in the season to put Astor coneflower lamb's ear and other butterfly garden flowers in the ground? Do you have a link to a good butterfly garden lay out

Baltimore County Maryland beneficial insects plant selection butterfly gardens

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It is not too late to plant a butterfly garden. Be sure to keep the plants watered and make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and away from the base of the stems.

A variety of nectar plants for adult butterflies and host plants (food) for the caterpillars will attract them. Milkweed species is a popular nectar and host plant for the Monarch butterfly. For more information on butterfly gardening, a selection of nectar and host plants, and a local butterfly list see the links below. There are not specific layouts for a garden.
https://mdflora.org/resources/publications/gardenersguidelines/gguidelines03.pdf
the Washington Area Butterfly Club.
See DNR for a list of plants http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/habitat/wahumbutbee.aspx

https://leplog.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/butterflies-of-maryland-biological-summary-and-checklist-...
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Resources/Files/downloads/rainscapes/fact-sheets/ButterflyGar...

Marian