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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 -

  • 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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  • Astilbe 'Rise and Shine'

    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'

    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 japonica 'Peach Blossom'

    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'

    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'

    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 chinensis 'Pumila'

    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'

    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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