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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 -

  • Salvia 'Vanity Flair' 
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    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF - FASHIONISTA® Collection (25) bare root clumps 'Vanity Flair' has large sky blue flowers. The long flower spikes are produced above a dense mass canopy of dark green foliage. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread: 20.0-24.0...

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  • Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion'
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    Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid will impress you with the number of times it reblooms! Sheer back the spent flowers and enjoy again throughout the summer. Violet blue...

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  • Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion'
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    Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Profusion SeriesCommon Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid reblooms multiple times throughout the summer if the spent flower stems are cut back-one of the very best for consistent...

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  • Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion'
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    Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Profusion SeriesCommon Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid will impress you with the number of times it reblooms! Sheer back the spent flowers and enjoy again throughout the summer. Dark...

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  • Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow'
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    Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Bumble SeriesCommon Name: Perennial Salvia, Garden Sage'Bumblesnow' produces pure white flowers on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. Good rebloom if deadheaded. This cute sized package is...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleblue' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue' PPAF Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage 'Bumbleblue' is prolific bloomer, producing loads of violet blue flowers on a petite habit of healthy, deep green foliage. This cute sized package is perfect for...

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  • Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF

    Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF - FASHIONISTA Collection Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage Soft pink flowers are held by dark mauve pink calyxes.  Height: 18.0-20.0 Inches; Spread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleberry' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage; 'Bumbleberry' produces dark fuchsia pink flowers on dark wine purple calyxes on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. The deep, intense color makes other...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill'
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    Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' a/k/a 'Schneehugel'. Zone: 4 to 9. Full sun to partial shade. Mature size: up to 20 inches height; spreads 15 to 18 inches. More compact habit than other perennial Salvias. Dense, white blooms atop multiple spikes over...

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  • Salvia 'May Night' offers long lasting violet blooms from spring to frost over clumping green foliage.  Prefers full sun, attracts butterflies and is hardy from zone 4-9.

    Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' a/k/a 'Mainacht'. 1997 Perennial Plant Of The Year. Zone: 3 to 8. Full sun to partial shade. Mature size: up to 18 inches height; spreads 18 to 24 inches. Dense, vibrant blue-violet blooms atop multiple spikes over...

    $165.00
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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 15 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, clump forming herbaceous perennial. Rigidly upright habit and dark purple flower...

    $158.60
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