Permaculture, sustainable and organic gardeners all know the benefit of encouraging biodiversity. It helps keep an ecosystem in balance and makes for a more self-sustaining system. Insects play an important role in this, from pollinating plants to predating other, pest, insect species and, in turn, providing food for other animals such as fish, birds and amphibians.
When the insect is a butterfly you also get the delight of their colors and motion on your plot. This guide tells you how to design your garden to attract butterflies, from the type of water sources they prefer to the colors of flowers that attract them.