English gardens provide a colorful habitat for butterflies. Lots of colorful flowers will help attract butterflies to your garden. Birdbaths will also provide water for butterflies to drink.
Cornflowers are much loved by butterflies.
They are annuals and can grow to 30 inches and will do best in a sunny spot but can be grown in part shade as long as they get a good dose of sunshine at some point in the day.
Take this quiz to find out more about attracting butterflies to your garden.
English Garden Butterfly Quiz
This ten-question quiz will test your knowledge of the importance of butterflies in the garden. It will also help you learn more about butterflies, and will also help to exercise your mind. It's great for a rainy day when you can't work outside. At least you can think about the garden!
For more information on both perennial and annual plants for your English garden that will lure butterflies into your garden click here
Traditional English Garden Flowers will give you a comprehensive list of flowers to grow as part of an English garden.
Wild Flowers They add a touch of beauty and freedom to your garden and ideally you let them self seed where they will.
Butterflies also help to pollinate plants so they are useful as well as pretty.
Did you know? Butterflies are very sensitive to temperature changes, and they can't fly when it's too cold. So frequently you won't see them in the early morning. This is why you'll sometimes see butterflies perched on rocks. They're absorbing the extra heat from the rock. You'll see lots of them once the sun comes out. Walking through a field of wildflowers with butterflies all around you is a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon!