IZINYONI Nursery offers helpful tips on how to attract butterflies to your garden.
As all those leading busy and sometimes stressful lives will know, the greatest pleasures often comes from the smallest things. This truth certainly applies to butterflies- their tiny size give a lot of joy to those lucky enough to see them flitting about in all their jewel-coloured glory. Butterflies are a wonderful addition to any garden- and with a little careful planting and advice from the Izinyoni Nursery, they can be encouraged to take up residence just about anywhere.
Butterflies have more than just an aesthetic worth, butterflies are indicators of a healthy garden ecosystem, and can help to transform your backyard into your own personal Eden.
The presence of butterflies in your garden is a sure sign of a space rich with other invertebrate species- species that together help with pollination and pest control. Butterflies in particular are especially valuable in their role as tiny pollinators, helping your plants to flourish and reproduce; and also as a crucial link in your gardens food chain. Butterflies and moths constitute important prey for other animals, including birds and bats, and their presence in your garden will help to entice other exciting species onto your property as well.
Perhaps most importantly, turning your garden into a haven for butterflies and moths is a mutually beneficial enterprise.
The benefits include a living space filled with life and colour; whilst for butterflies, a safe sanctuary could make all the difference.
By making your garden butterfly-friendly, you will be helping to reverse this damage- and with a little help from the South Coast’s Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery, doing so is easy.
There are two key needs that you must meet to make your garden butterfly-friendly - the butterflies need plants suitable for laying their eggs, and for feeding their larvae and/or caterpillars, and they need plants that can supply nectar for the adult insects.
To attract the spectacular Citrus Swallowtail butterfly, you will need plants from the citrus family, like the Horsewood or the White Ironwood.
African Monarch butterflies prefer Balloon Cotton Bushes when it comes to laying eggs and providing food for their larvae, whilst several other indigenous plant species are popular with a wide variety of different butterflies and moths. These include the Creeping Foxglove and various types of Ribbon Bush, Buckweed and Spur-flower.
Certain trees help to provide the perfect habitat for butterflies and are also ideal for coastal planting- including the Soap Berry and the Forest Camwood.
For more information you can visit Izinyoni Nursery. It is open to the public from 8am to 4.30pm, daily. The nursery encourages indigenous gardening choices. - Supplied.