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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 -

  • Monarda Leading Lady Razzberry PPAF 20ct Flat

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

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

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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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  • 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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  • Monarda Leading Lady Pink PPAF 20ct Flat

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

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

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  • Monarda Electric Neon Purple PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Purple' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Purple' PPAF (20)ct Flat Electric Neon SeriesCommon Name: Bee BalmA new color for the Electric Neon series! 3", bright fuchsia purple flowers are produced over a medium-sized habit of deep green leaves. Excellent resistance to...

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  • Monarda Electric Neon Coral PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Coral' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Coral' PPAF (20)ct Flat Huge 3' light coral pink flowers are produced above very dark green foliage. Excellent resistance to common foliar diseases such as powdery mildew. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread:18.0-20.0 InchesHardiness...

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  • Monarda Berry Taffy PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Berry Taffy' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Berry Taffy' PPAF - SUGAR BUZZ® Series (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmThe members of the SUGAR BUZZ® Series from the Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing program are perfectly suited to the middle of the flower border at 16-24' tall. All...

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  • Monarda Leading Lady Orchid PPAF 20ct Flat

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

    Monarda 'Leading Lady Orchid' PPAF (20)ct Flat Leading Lady SeriesCommon Name: Bee BalmA Monarda bradburiana hybrid, she leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more petite clump than common M. didyma cultivars. She typically...

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  • Monarda Electric Neon Pink PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmIt's electric! That's what you might think when you look at the fabulous color of this new interspecific hybrid of Bee Balm. Intense, dark neon pink flowers are produced above an upright...

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  • Monarda Blue Moon PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Blue Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Blue Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat - SUGAR BUZZ Series Height: 20 Inches; Spread: 18-22 Inches Flower Color: Blue shades; Foliage Color: Green shades Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8   Full sun to Part shade ...

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  • Monarda Rockin Raspberry PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Rockin' Raspberry' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Rockin' Raspberry' PPAF (20)ct Flat Height: 20 Inches,Spread: 20 InchesFlower Color: Purple shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun to Part shade Blooms Midsummer to Late summer The members of the SUGAR BUZZ™ Series from the Walters Gardens,...

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  • Monarda Pardon My Cerise PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Pardon My Cerise' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Pardon My Cerise' PPAF (20)ct Flat Height: 14-18 Inches, Spread: 10-12 InchesFlower Color: Red shadesHardiness Zone: 4 to 9Full sun to Part shade Blooms Midsummer to Late summer No room for the tall, bushy, traditional Bee Balm in your garden?...

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  • Astilbe arendsii Gladstone bare root plant

    Astilbe arendsii 'Gladstone' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe arendsii 'Gladstone' (25) bare root plants Dark green foliage with white blooms on upright plumes in late Spring.Prefers rich, well drained soil with consistent moisture. Cut Astilbe back in the early Spring. Zone: 4-8Part Shade to Shade...

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  • Astilbe Fanal bare root plant

    Astilbe 'Fanal' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal' Common Name: SpireaZones 4 to 9.Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide;Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Fanal' quickly forms a compact graceful, fern-like mound...

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  • Astilbe Rheinland bare root plant

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese.Zones 4 to 9.Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide;Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Rose-pink flowers...

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  • Monarda Lilac Lollipop PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lilac Lollipop' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lilac Lollipop' PPAF - SUGAR BUZZ TM Series Bee Balm Height: 19 Inches, Spread: 16 InchesFlower Color: Pink - Purple Shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun - Part shade Blooms Midsummer - Late summer In midsummer,...

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  • Monarda Grape Gumball PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Grape Gumball' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Grape Gumball' PPAF - SUGAR BUZZ TM Series (20)ct Flat Bee Balm Height: 20-24 Inches, Spread: 16-24 InchesFlower Color: Purple shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun to Part shade Blooms Midsummer - Late summer In...

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  • Monarda Cherry Pops PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Cherry Pops' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Cherry Pops' PPAF - SUGAR BUZZ TM Series Bee Balm Height: 20 Inches, Spread: 26 InchesFlower Color: Pink Shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun - Part shade Blooms Midsummer - Late summer In midsummer, 'Cherry Pops'...

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  • Monarda Bubblegum Blast PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Bubblegum Blast' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Bubblegum Blast' PPAF - SUGAR BUZZ TM Series Bee Balm Height: 24 Inches, Spread: 32 InchesFlower Color: Pink Shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun - Part shade Blooms Midsummer In midsummer, 'Bubblegum Blast' forms a...

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  • Astilbe Delft Lace PP19839 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Delft Lace' PP19839 (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Delft Lace' PP19839 Common Name: Astilbe-Hybrid, Spirea Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Panicles of deep...

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  • Astilbe chinensis Visions 10ct Quarts

    Astilbe chinensis 'Visions' (10)ct Quarts

    Astilbe chinensis 'Visions' Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 14 to 16 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide; Clump forming dwarf habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. 'Visions'...

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  • Monarda d Pardon My Purple PP22170 20ct Flat

    Monarda d. 'Pardon My Purple' PP22170 (20)ct Flat

    Monarda d. 'Pardon My Purple' PP22170 (20)ct Flat This petite selection grows vigorously to form a bushy, compact clump of attractive, aromatic, deep green, glossy foliage Fuchsia purple flowers sit just atop the foliage; blooms about two weeks earlier...

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  • Monarda d Pardon My Pink PPAF 20ct Flat

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

    Monarda d. 'Pardon My Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat This petite selection grows vigorously to form a bushy, compact clump of attractive, aromatic, deep green, glossy foliage Cheerful true pink flowers sit just atop the foliage; blooms about two weeks later...

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  • Astilbe Rise and Shine 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Rise and Shine' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Rise and Shine' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 27 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Large 8 inch long, hot...

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  • Astilbe Rheinland 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Rose-pink flowers are held in...

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  • Astilbe Red Sentinel 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Red Sentinel' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Red Sentinel' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Scarlet-red flowers...

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  • Astilbe Peach Blossom 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Peach Blossom' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Peach Blossom' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Peach flowers with a hint...

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  • Astilbe Montgomery 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Montgomery' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Montgomery' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Dark magenta red,...

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  • Astilbe Fanal 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Fanal' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal' Common Name: Spirea Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Fanal' quickly forms a compact graceful, fern-like mound of dainty...

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  • Astilbe Deutschland 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Deutschland' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Deutschland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Panicles of white,...

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  • Astilbe chinensis Visions 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe chinensis 'Visions' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe chinensis 'Visions' Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 14 to 16 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide; Clump forming dwarf habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. 'Visions'...

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  • Astilbe chinensis Pumila 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila' Common Name: Astilbe- Dwarf Chinese Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 10 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide; Dwarf clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Lilac-pink...

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  • Astilbe Bressingham Beauty 25 BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty' Common Name: Spirea Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 36 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Bressingham Beauty' quickly forms a graceful, fern-like mound of...

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  • Astilbe Amber Moon PPAF 20ct Flat

    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat False Spirea Height: 34-38 Inches, Spread: 22-28 InchesFlower Color: Pink shades, Foliage Color: Yellow shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Part shade to Full shade Blooms Midsummer The foliage emerges bright chartreuse...

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