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Butterfly Gardens

monarch-on-asclepias-tuberosa.jpgButterfly gardens are a wonderful, especially in the urban garden where they flitter from plant to plant. What will attract butterflies to your garden is water, food and shelter. While there are books on the subject, the following tips will help you create your own butterfly sanctuary:
* Locate in a sunny area. Butterflies like direct sunlight and heat to warm up their bodies.
* Provide a wind shelter by planting beside a fence, hedge or building.
* Avoid using chemical pesticides.
* Provide warm resting places around the garden with boards or a few flat stones.
* A shallow saucer, mud puddle or wet sand can supply needed water.
* Caterpillars have to eat - place milkweed, marigolds, red salvia, zinnias, lantana, impatiens, cosmos, thistle, clover, or goldenrod where their eating of plants will not be a problem. Other favorites are carrots, dill, parsley and nasturtium.

Different species of butterflies prefer different nectars, in both colors and tastes. Providing a wide variety of food plants will attract the greatest diversity of varieties. Try to determine what butterfly varieties are native to your area and which plants they visit. Staggering of plants and varieties allows for additional blooming times of the day and year. Groups of the same plants are easier for butterflies to see than singly planted flowers.

Many blooming flowers may be visited by butterflies, but perennial favorites include:
Achillea | Ajuga | Aquileqia | Aster | Astilbe | Baptisia | Butterfly Bushes | Campanula | Coreopsis | Delosperma | Delphinium | Dianthus | Echinacea | Gaillardia | Heuchera and Heucherella | Hibiscus | Lamium | Lantana | Lavender | Leucanthemum | Lupinus | Papaver | Phlox | Rudeckia | Salvia | Sedum | Stokesia | Thymus | Tiarella | Veronica , and, of coarse, buddleia (butterfly bush).

Additional plants include the below, for more information "click" on the photo(s) below -

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  • Sedum Bright Idea PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® ROCK 'N ROUND™ Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: StonecropThis hybrid Stonecrop has a similar appearance and blooms in early summer like S. kamtschaticum. However, the habit is much more...

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  • Salvia Snow Kiss PP32848 25 BR Plants

    Salvia 'Snow Kiss' PP32848 (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Snow Kiss' PP32848 CBPRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR SPIRES® Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Perennial Salvia'Snow Kiss' completes the color palette for the COLOR SPIRES® collection. This Salvia pratensis hybrid produces...

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  • Monarda Red Velvet PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Red Velvet' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Red Velvet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® UPSCALE™ Collection (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmPrepare for UPSCALE™ Bee Balm to raise your expectations with a robust, substantial landscape presence. Taller than most other new...

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  • Monarda Pink Chenille PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Pink Chenille' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Pink Chenille' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® UPSCALE™ Collection (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmPrepare for UPSCALE™ Bee Balm to raise your expectations with a robust, substantial landscape presence. Taller than most other new...

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  • Monarda Lavender Taffeta PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lavender Taffeta' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lavender Taffeta' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® UPSCALE™ Collection (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmPrepare for UPSCALE™ Bee Balm to raise your expectations with a robust, substantial landscape presence. Taller than most other new...

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  • Ligularia Tractor Seat PPAF 30ct Flat

    Ligularia 'Tractor Seat' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Ligularia 'Tractor Seat' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: GoldenrayL. japonica hybrid. A very large Ligularia perfect for making a dramatic statement in the shade garden. Deep green leaves are massive reaching 16" across at maturity. A serrated margin...

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  • Kniphofia Red Roulette PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Kniphofia 'Red Roulette' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Kniphofia 'Red Roulette' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Red Hot PokerDeep red-orange buds open to creamy yellow flowers. Thin grass-like foliage is exceptionally narrow for Kniphofia and will add fine texture to almost any landscape. More than...

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  • Iris a Ming Treasure 30ct Flat

    Iris a. 'Ming Treasure' (30)ct Flat

    Iris a. 'Ming Treasure' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Ampliflora IrisA new hybrid discovery of the past decade, I. ampliflora is an unknown interspecific hybrid possibly involving I. tectorum (Japanese Roof Iris) and is sterile. The original hybrid was found...

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  • Hemerocallis Lake of Fire 25 BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire' (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire' Proven Winners® RAINBOW RHYTHM® Collection (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: DaylilyA stunning new color pattern for Proven Winners! The enormous 7" flower is apricot orange with an incredibly wide, orange red eye...

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  • Heuchera Red Dragon PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Red Dragon' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Red Dragon' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Coral BellsAn impressive red Heuchera consisting of massive heavily textured leaves. 5-7" wide burgundy red leaves have a coppery finish with newly expanding leaves showing a silvery overlay. White...

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  • Heuchera Pistachio Ambrosia PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Pistachio Ambrosia' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Pistachio Ambrosia' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® PRIMO® Series (20)ct Flat Common Name: Coral BellsAn improvement over 'Pretty Pistachio' in the PRIMO® collection. Growers who loved the large chartreuse leaves of 'Pretty Pistachio'...

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  • Heuchera Frosted Berry PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Frosted Berry' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Frosted Berry' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOLCE® Series (20)ct Flat Common Name: Coral BellsA sport out of the 2023 National Perennial of the Year® 'Wildberry' with matching habit, leaf size, and exceptional landscape performance...

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  • Heuchera Ball Gown PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Ball Gown' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Ball Gown' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DRESSED UP Series (20)ct Flat Common Name: Coral BellsThe chartreuse companion to last year's breakout sensation 'Evening Gown'! Similar to its dark leaved compatriot, 'Ball Gown' has large, heavily...

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  • Heucherella Copper King PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heucherella 'Copper King' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heucherella 'Copper King' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Foamy BellsA fantastic foliage find for any shade garden. New leaves are bright orange with copper red centers and yellow edging. Individual leaves are large at 5" across with deep dissection for a...

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  • Echinacea Rainbow Sherbet PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Rainbow Sherbet' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Rainbow Sherbet' PPAF - DOUBLE DIPPED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerDOUBLE DIPPED Echinacea have large, fully double 4½" flowers with wide, overlapping ray petals. Each variety has substantial landscape size at...

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  • Echinacea Raspberry Beret PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Raspberry Beret' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Raspberry Beret' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOUBLE CODED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerA complementing series of fully double Coneflowers to the single flowered COLOR CODED® collection. Varieties in this series have...

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  • Echinacea One in a Melon PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'One in a Melon' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'One in a Melon' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® COLOR CODED® Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerMelon-colored flowers and matching melon cones. At 5-5½" wide these are among the largest flowers in the collection. Petals...

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  • Echinacea Butter Pecan PPAF 30ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Butter Pecan' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea 'Butter Pecan' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DOUBLE CODED Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: ConeflowerA complementing series of fully double Coneflowers to the single flowered COLOR CODED® collection. Varieties in this series have...

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  • Dianthus Red Rouge PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF - SINGLE LADIES Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksThis series of Dianthus are single and ready to mingle with your landscape. Plants in this series have domed habits covered in multiple layers of large, single flowers. The...

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  • Dianthus Pinky Promise PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksA low, wide plant perfect for mass planting along the front of the border. Soft fuchsia pink flowers completely cover the plant in late spring, with sporadic rebloom providing accent color...

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  • Dianthus Lip Gloss PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF - SINGLE LADIES Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksThis series of Dianthus are single and ready to mingle with your landscape. Plants in this series have domed habits covered in multiple layers of large, single flowers. The...

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  • Dianthus Funky Fuchsia PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® FRUIT PUNCH® Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksFully double fuchsia purple flowers are a new color for the FRUIT PUNCH® series and a unique color for hardy Dianthus. The florist...

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  • Aster n-a Pink Crush PP33628 25 BR Plants

    Aster n-a. 'Pink Crush' PP33628 (25) BR Plants

    Aster n-a. 'Pink Crush' PP33628 (25) BR Plants Common Name: New England AsterBringing refinement to fall blooming Asters, 'Pink Crush' produces a large, very round mound with densely packed flowers. We have observed no lodging in our trials, a phenomenal...

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  • Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Red White 30ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Red White (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Red White (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineA series of early flowering Columbine from Kieft Seed. Rose red flowers with white centers. Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also...

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  • Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Purple Blue 30ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Purple Blue (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Purple Blue (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineA series of early flowering Columbine from Kieft Seed. Wine purple flowers with indigo blue centers. Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders...

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  • Allium Bubble Bath PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Allium 'Bubble Bath' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Allium 'Bubble Bath' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Ornamental OnionSoft lavender flower clusters are held on strong stems above a mound of glaucous blue green foliage. The wide, linear leaves have a slight twist. Compared to 'Millenium', 'Bubble Bath'...

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  • Agastache Royal Raspberry PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Royal Raspberry' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Royal Raspberry' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® MEANT TO BEE™ Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintThe buzz has already begun over this new collection of Agastache from Proven Winners® Perennials. Members of...

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  • Agastache Queen Nectarine PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Queen Nectarine' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Queen Nectarine' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® MEANT TO BEE™ Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintThe buzz has already begun over this new collection of Agastache from Proven Winners® Perennials. Members of...

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  • Agastache Blue Bayou PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Blue Bayou' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Blue Bayou' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintGrowers who have enjoyed the likes of 'Rosie Posie' and 'Peachie Keen' will enjoy the addition of 'Blue Bayou'. This variety matches the performance and hardiness of its...

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  • Heuchera Twist of Lime PP30618 10ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Twist of Lime' PP30618 (10)ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Twist of Lime' PPAF (10)ct Quarts Common Name: Coral Bells Chartreuse yellow leaves beg to be noticed, and is perhaps one of our brightest yellow Heucheras. Ruffling becomes less pronounced as the foliage matures. For best yellow color, site in...

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  • Heuchera Timeless Glow PPAF 10ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Timeless Glow' PPAF (10)ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Timeless Glow' PPAF (10)ct Quarts Timeless Collection Chartreuse yellow foliage has a silver overlay and matures to lime green. Foliage color is best in partial sunlight, and greener in full shade. Intense, rich rose pink flowers contrast...

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  • Ajuga reptans Catlins Giant 10ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' (10)ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' - (10) count Flat a/k/a Giant Carpet Bugle, Carpenter's Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Catlin's Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort. Zone (3)4 to 9, Sun or shade. Mature foliage height 5 to 7 inch, maybe 10 inches. Larger than...

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  • Achillea Little Moonshine 10ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts Fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers.Compact dwarf, mounding, early blooming sport of 'Moonshine' with the same yellow flower clusters. Low maintenance, once...

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  • Heuchera Berry Timeless PP26357 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PP26357 (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PP26357 (20)ct Flat Coral Bells Height: 8-10 Inches, Spread: 20 Inches, Scape Height: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: Pink shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun - Full shade Blooms Early summer -...

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  • Baptisia Honey Roasted PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoAn attractive native perennial that's bound to be a permanent fixture in your garden. Long 10" spikes of dark mahogany flowers have bright yellow keels, producing a wonderful bicolor...

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  • Baptisia Burgundy Blast PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoA color break for False Indigo! The shade of purple is redder than the typical purple Baptisia. Dark wine purple flowers are produced over very dark blue-green foliage. When it is in...

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  • Dianthus Paint the Town Red PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Paint the Town SeriesCommon Name: PinksMembers of the Paint the Town Series are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly...

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  • Heuchera Evening Gown PPAF 30ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Evening Gown' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Heuchera Toffee Tart PPAF 30ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Toffee Tart' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Toffee Tart' PPAF (30)ct Flat Proven Winners® DOLCE® Series Common Name: Coral Bells'Toffee Tart' displays differing shades of ginger caramel throughout the seasons. In spring, newest leaves are amber with a silver overlay. Mature...

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  • Monarda Leading Lady Razzberry PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Razzberry' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Monarda d Pardon My Rose PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda d. 'Pardon My Rose' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda d. 'Pardon My Rose' PPAF (20)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Pardon My SeriesCommon Name: Bee BalmNo room for the tall, bushy, traditional Bee Balm in your garden? Here is a compact selection that's easy to tuck into the front of your sunny border...

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  • Buddleia Lilac Cascade PPAF 30ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Lilac Cascade' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Buddleia Gold Drop PPAF 30ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Buddleia 'Gold Drop' PPAF  (30)ct Flat HUMDINGER® Collection Common Name: Butterfly BushThis new addition to the HUMDINGER® Collection shares the same compact habit and shorter stature as the other members. Purple flower panicles are...

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  • Monarda Leading Lady Amethyst PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Amethyst' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Amethyst' PPAF (20)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Leading Lady SeriesCommon Name: Bee BalmBee Balm typically bloom in midsummer, but 'Leading Lady Amethyst' leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more compact...

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