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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 -

  • Veronica Purple Leia PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Veronica 'Purple Leia' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Veronica 'Purple Leia' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Spike Speedwell'Purple Leia' joins popular companions 'Blue Skywalker' and 'Lavender Lightsaber' except with rosy purple flowers covering the top half of a columnar, upright habit. Bucking the trend...

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  • Phlox Opening Act Romance PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants - Proven Winners® Common Name: Hybrid PhloxIt keeps getting better and better for Opening Act Phlox. This new variety is the pinnacle of refinement, with a low-wide habit that's nearly dome-like, a...

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  • Phlox p Backlight PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxJoining the other members of the LUMINARY™ Collection, 'Backlight' brings a highly sought-after flower color. Pure white flowers are...

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  • Phlox subulata Emerald Pink 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink' 3.5 inch pot Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Emerald Pink' is a...

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  • Phlox s Ruby Riot PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Ruby Riot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Ruby Riot' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping Phlox Reddish pink flowers with darker eyes at the center. Height: 4.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 24.0-28.0...

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  • Phlox s Rose Quartz PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Rose Quartz' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Rose Quartz' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxLarge, rose pink flowers (1-1¼'). A deeper shade than 'Pink Sparkles' but lighter than 'Ruby Riot'...

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  • Phlox s Pink Sparkles PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Pink Sparkles' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners SPRING BLING Series (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid Creeping PhloxSoft, baby pink flowers with lighter halos at the centers. The earliest of the series to bloom with the largest flowers...

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  • Phlox s Eye Caramba PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Caramba' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Caramba' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Creeping Phlox, Moss PinksMedium pink flowers with a red eye.  Creeping phlox is a low-growing species which forms a carpet-like mat no taller than 6". This popular little perennial is...

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  • Phlox p Ultraviolet PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVery dark, magenta violet flower panicles are held above a full, bushy habit of bright green foliage. An improvement on the...

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  • Phlox p Opalescence PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY?? Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThe flagship variety of the LUMINARY™ Collection and the gold standard of powdery mildew resistance. In an extensive...

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  • Phlox Opening Act Ultrapink PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThis Phlox isn't just pink, it's ULTRApink! With this addition to the Opening Act Phlox Collection, it is officially the brightest, most...

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  • Phlox Magenta Pearl PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxA counterpart to 'Amethyst Pearl', this variety has similar disease-resistant foliage, and early bloomtime and rebloom power, but with deeper magenta pink flowers. This variety is...

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  • Phlox Baby Doll White PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. White flowers form a mass of blooms on top of the dark green foliage...

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  • Phlox Baby Doll Pink PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. Bright pink flowers with a white halo form a mass of blooms on top of...

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  • Phlox subulata Drummonds Pink 25 BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat...

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  • Phlox p Uptown Girl PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 32.0-36.0 InchesSpread: 28.0-32.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun Average Water NeedsAverage to Fertile...

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  • Phlox p Party Girl PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Party Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Party Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 28.0-32.0 InchesSpread: 28.0-32.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: White shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun Average Water NeedsAverage to Fertile...

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  • Phlox Opening Act Pink-a-Dot PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxThis new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier. It boasts a long season of color in addition to being early blooming. Near white flowers with a dark pink, central star...

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  • Phlox s Eye Shadow PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox, Moss PinksCreeping Phlox are a classic harbinger of spring, exploding with color as a sign that the final days of winter are past. 'Eye Shadow' forms a mound of bright green,...

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  • Phlox s Eye Candy PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Candy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Candy' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox, Moss PinksCreeping Phlox are a classic harbinger of spring, exploding with color as a sign that the final days of winter are past. 'Eye Candy' forms a mound of bright green,...

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  • Phlox Cloudburst PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Cloudburst' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Cloudburst' PPAF 25 Bare Root Plants a/k/a garden Phlox, summer Phlox, perennial Phlox, or autumn Phlox Brand new type of Phlox that combines the rich color of Tall Garden Phlox and the dome-like habits of Cushion Phlox. Dark purple buds...

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  • Phlox Opening Act White PP27461 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act White' PP27461 (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act White' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 18-20 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: White ShadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 8Full sun Blooms Early summer to Late summer This new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier than midsummer, starting in...

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  • Phlox Opening Act Blush PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 18-20 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: Pink ShadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 8Full sun Blooms Early summer to Late summer This new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlie than midsummerr, starting in...

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  • Veronica p Georgia Blue 3.5 inch pot

    Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' a/k/a Oxford Blue, Speedwell Georgia Blue, creeping veronica; may often be misidentified as Veronica peduncularis Zones 4 to 9. Zones 4 to 6 need winter protection. Full sun. Height of 8 inches and may spread to 24...

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  • Phlox subulata Snowflake 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Snowflake' forms a short, tight,...

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  • Phlox subulata Red Wing 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. This compact variety forms a short,...

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  • Phlox subulata Purple Beauty 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' Flower Colour Mauve/Lilac Blooming Time Mid SpringLate Spring Foliage Color Deep Green Plant Uses ; Characteristics Alpine ; RockContainersDrought TolerantEdgingEvergreenGround CoverWild Flower Click here for more ordering...

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  • Phlox subulata Drummonds Pink 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Drummond's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata "Drummond's Pink" in 3.5" pot Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat of evergreen to...

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  • Phlox subulata Candy Stripe 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' a/k/a Moss Phlox. Zone: 3 to 9. Full sun to filtered sun.Mature size: 6 to 8 inch height; spreads 2 feet. Fragrant, pink and white stripe flowers atop a dense carpet of needle-like foliage. Colorful and compact, creeping...

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  • Phlox subulata Blue Emerald 3.5 inch pot

    Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'BlueEmerald' Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Veronica Very Van Gogh PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Veronica 'Very Van Gogh' PPAF (25) BR Plants Paintbrush-like, rosy purple flowers on well-branched stemsEach main flower spike is surrounded by up to a dozen secondary flower spikes, prolonging the bloom timeBlooms from midsummer into late summerBright...

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  • Phlox paniculata Glamour Girl PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants Resists powdery mildew even in the hot, humid summers of Michigan Hot coral pink, fragrant flowers on dark purple stems in mid through late summer Maintains its bright green, healthy looking foliage...

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  • Veronica peduncularis Georgia Blue 10ct Flat

    Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' (10)ct Flat

    Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' a/k/a Oxford Blue, Speedwell Georgia Blue, creeping veronica; may often be misidentified as Veronica peduncularis Zones 4 to 9. Zones 4 to 6 need winter protection. Full sun. Height of 8 inches and may spread to 24...

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  • Phlox subulata Pink 18ct Flat

    Phlox subulata Pink (18)ct Flat

    Phlox subulata Pink Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Phlox subulata Blue 18ct Flat

    Phlox subulata Blue (18)ct Flat

    Phlox subulata Blue Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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  • Phlox subulata Red Wing 25 BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. This compact variety forms a short,...

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  • Phlox subulata Blue Emerald 25 BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Blue Emerald' has delicate...

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  • Phlox paniculata Red Riding Hood 25 BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVivid clusters of fragrant, cherry-red flowers sit atop strong-stemmed plants from mid thru late summer. 'Red Riding Hood' is a compact variety which attracts butterflies and hummingbirds...

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