If you have installed french patio doors on the back of your home, then you likely have a beautiful and full view of your outdoor property. If your lawn only contains a few bushes and trees though, then there may not be a great deal to look at. However, if you attract wildlife to your property, then you can spend countless hours peering through the small windows of your patio doors watching the animals that visit. There are a few easy things you can do, and creating a butterfly garden is one of them.
Plant a Butterfly Garden
Find the Right Space
Butterflies are beautiful insects that can easily be brought to your patio or lawn space as long as you plant the right flowers. You also need to choose an area outdoors that receives a great deal of sun, because butterflies will absorb heat during the day. If the sun shines most of the day on the space directly outside your patio doors, then this area will be perfect for the garden. If the space is shady, then set up your garden several feet from the back of your home where you see the sun shining for the majority of the day.
Gather Your Flowers and Plants
Once you have found the right area, find some flowers that thrive in full sun and provide plenty of nectar for butterflies. Flowers that are brightly colored will attract butterflies as well, and a few good choices for your garden include garden phlox, goldenrod, butterfly weed, aster, and blazing star flowers. Plant a variety of these flowers in your designated butterfly area and also add plants that caterpillars like to eat.
If a butterfly can lay eggs in the same place they can feed on nectar, then they will spend more time in the area. Milkweed, clovers, violets, azaleas, and daisies are good plants to feed caterpillars. Many caterpillars also eat the leaves off small bushes, so add some to the garden. The plants will provide shelter for butterflies as well, so they can escape the wind and rain.
A good way to keep butterflies in your garden is to add a water source to the space as well. A well placed bird bath can provide the water and so can a small pond. If you want to add beauty to your garden area, then consider setting up a fountain. Just make sure that the fountain provides more than enough still water at its base so that butterflies can drink comfortably.
Transform Your Patio Doors
Add a New Color
Once you have created the perfect space for your butterflies, make sure to transform your patio doors as well so you can bring the colorful insects right up to your windows. The butterflies will be drawn to the bright colors of your new flowers, and they also will be attracted to vibrant paint that you add to your doors. Consider finding a bright pink, red, or blue paint that stands out from the flowers in your garden. Look for a matte or flat outdoor paint, because these products have more pigments in them.
After you purchase your paint, use painter's tape to cover all of the glass windows that line your patio doors. Use a paintbrush to add the paint. Allow your first coat to dry for one full day and then add your second coat. Remove the painter's tape when you are done.
Hang Up Vases
Vases are another good option to bring butterflies to your door, because you can fill them with cut flowers from your garden. The best vases for your patio doors are ones that are designed to hang on walls or flat surfaces outside. You can make your own vases as well with wine bottles that you have in your home. Wash out the bottles thoroughly with soap and water and then tie a piece of string or twine to the necks of the bottles. Create loops out of the leftover twine so the bottles can be hung up.
Place nails in the solid wood trim of your patio doors. Add the nails towards the interior edges so the vases do not break when you open the doors. Hang the twine loops on the nails and then fill each vase with water. Add an assortment of flowers to each vase and make sure to replace the flowers once a week. This will keep the flowers fresh, so the butterflies will be more likely to drink from them.
If you have added french doors to your back patio, then you likely have provided yourself with a lovely view of your backyard. The view may not be exciting, but you can easily change this by attracting butterflies to a well planned garden space with patio doors that you have transformed yourself. Follow the link to continue reading more about purchasing new patio doors.