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The stained-glass patterns of butterflies will add an extra dimension to this floral island butterfly garden bed, which bursts with perennial and annual flowers that are irresistible to these pretty creatures. A variety of blossoms offer nectar to adult butterflies, while leafy food sources, such as parsley, nourish the larvae. The one shrub in the butterfly garden design is commonly called "butterfly bush" for good reason -- it lures butterflies of all sorts. Rocks in this butterfly garden are convenient perches for butterflies to sun themselves, and a birdbath provides water. Butterflies are sun-loving creatures, as are the plants in this butterfly garden. Locate it where it receives six or more hours of sun daily. And remember: No pesticides are allowed in your butterfly garden.