Pink has a feminine energy in the garden and the house. Pink and reds attract hummingbirds as well as some butterflies.
Colors create a mood in your butterfly gardens just as they do inside of a house. You can draw particular birds and butterflies to your gardens or simply design gardens for your own pleasure by selecting complementing or contrasting colors.
I use pink shrubs and flowers for a butterfly garden entering my back yard. I then transition to a “red zone” with reds and fuchsia before moving to purples including lavender.
Not every plant in your butterfly garden has to be a native plant or one that attracts butterflies. Some may be simply for the visual effect.
Here are some tips for creating a pink butterfly garden.
No. 1: To create a pink butterfly garden, select a few anchor plants with pink blossoms. I have a dwarf pink crepe myrtle next to a pink azalea bush. They bloom at different times with the azalea blooming in the spring and the crepe myrtle blooming in the summer.
No. 2: Take advantage of vertical gardening by growing vines. I have a pink Mandevilla vine that dies down in the winter in my Florida butterfly garden, but comes back and blooms in the summer. In my red “transition garden” I grow a red and white bleeding heart and a Lady Margaret passion vine, a host plant for the Julia, Gulf Fritillary and the Zebra Longwing butterflies.
No. 3: I use Sunshine Mimosa or the Sensitive Plant as a ground cover along the walking path since it has pink powder puff blooms throughout the summer and fall.
No. 4: I chose pink salvia which reseeds nicely and is easy to remove if needed. For example, one year a pink salvia popped up too close to my crepe myrtle shrub and I simply removed it, but left the remaining dozen or more in my butterfly garden.
No. 5 Another pretty choice for a pink butterfly garden in the pink delight Butterfly Bush or Buddleia. It’s an upright shrub that grows about six to 10 feet tall so may also be used as an anchor plant.
No. 6: Grow a pink butterfly garden encircling a tree with pink blossoms such as the beautiful Pink trumpet tree. I love the pink trumpet tree because it’s a handsome semi-deciduous tree that has lovely pink blooms in the spring; then loses its blooms before re-growing leaves for the summer. It’s a nice light shade tree, perfect for allowing sunlight to get to your butterfly-loving plants.
No. 7: Roses. I also grow two dwarf rose bushes with pink flowers and one larger red rose bush in the transition “red zone.” Roses aren’t typically a butterfly-loving plant, but they are perfect for adding more pinks and reds for the visual statement.
Butterfly gardening is about creating a symphony of colors. For a pink butterfly garden, it’s nice to have a few whites and sometimes lavender.
You don’t need to keep a monochromatic color scheme going, but I prefer not to add any contrasting colors to my pink butterfly garden for the greatest impact. Ultimately butterflies will bring their colorful wings to the gardens.