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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 -

  • Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow'
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    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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  • Monarda 'Electric Neon Pink'
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    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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  • 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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  • Heucherella 'Catching Fire'
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    Heucherella 'Catching Fire' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heucherella 'Catching Fire' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Foamy Bells Vibrant lime green leaves are rounded, giving it a refined presence in the garden. In the centers of each leaves are very defined flame-shaped markings that flare from the center like...

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  • Hemerocallis 'Stella Supreme'
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    Hemerocallis STELLA SUPREME (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Stella Supreme' (25) BR Plants (Berbee) Height: 14 InchesFlower Color: Yellow ShadesHardiness Zone: 3 - 9 This daylily is similar in blooming behavior as the ever-popular ‘Stella de Oro’, but differs in terms of flower color...

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  • Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue'

    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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  • Verbena x. 'Homestead' Purple

    Verbena Homestead Purple (3.5 inch pot)

    Verbena x. 'Homestead' Purple Zones 6 to 10, Tender perennial or annual in zone 6 or less. Sun Height of 6 to 12 inches and may spread to 36 inches, trailing habit. Bright purple 3-inch long bloom clusters flower profusely from late spring to the frost...

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  • Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'a/k/a creeping thyme, mother-of-thyme, wild thyme Zone: 4 to 9. Sun.Mature size: 1 to 3 inches height; 2 feet wide. Creeping, cascading habit. Long-blooming, light pink flowers will be one of the first thymes to flower each...

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  • Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme Zone 4 to Zone 9, Full Sun to partial sun.2 to 3 inch high; slow and low growing miniature herbaceous perennial. Glossy, green fragrant foliage, grows in a low, tight, dense, creeping, flat mat. Tiny pink-purple flowers...

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  • Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (3.5 inch pot)

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower. Zones 4 to 10, Sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 1999 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.Royal Horticultural...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Snowflake'

    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'

    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'

    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 'Candy Stripe'

    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'

    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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  • Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

    Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' (3.5 inch pot)

    Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' Common Name: CREEPING JENNY, MONEYWORT and CREEPING CHARLIE. Zones 3 to 9. Part to full shade.Low-growing, creeping ground cover forms a dense leafy mat 2 to 4 inches tall. Rounded, slightly ruffled, leaves will be yellow...

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  • Iberis sempervirens

    Iberis sempervirens 'Snow Cone' (3.5 inch pot)

    Iberis sempervirens 'Snow Cone' a/k/a Evergreen Candytuft Zones: 3 to 9; Sun. Mature size can reach 6 to 12 inches height; and spread 12 to 24 inches; low-growing, spreading, semi-evergreen subshrub. Small, white, fragrant flowers blanket the...

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  • Dianthus g. 'Firewitch'

    Dianthus g. 'Firewitch' (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus 'Firewitch' CHEDDAR PINK Zones 3 to 8. Full sunMature size: 6 to 8 inches tall, spreads to 12 inches wide. Low-growing, compact ground cover. Magenta pink, serrated edged petals appear in mass above silvery-blue evergreen foliage. Heavy late...

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  • Dianthus g. 'Fire Star'

    Dianthus g. 'Fire Star' PP14895 (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus 'Fire Star' PP14895 Zones 5 to 9.FullSun to partial sun. Mature height is 8 inches. Space 8 to 12 inches apart.Vigorous growth rate, for a dianthus. Fire red flowers with a crimson eye have the spicy scent of cloves. These bright flowers shine...

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  • Dianthus g. 'Bath's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus g. 'Bath's Pink' (3.5 inch pot)

    Dianthus gratianopolitans 'Bath's Pink' Common Name: Cheddar Pinks Zones: 3 to 9 Flower height reaches to 10 inches. Low-growing, spreading, dense mounds of grassy, blue-green, linear foliage and numerous, fringed, reblooming, fragrant, soft pink, 1 inch...

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  • Hemerocallis Stella de Oro

    Hemerocallis Stella de Oro (3.5 inch pot)

    Hemerocallis - STELLA DE ORO Daylily (Jablonski, 1975) Gold Self. Height is 11 inches with a 2.75 inch bloom. Early to Mid-Season Rebloomer, Dormant, Diploid, Fragrant. Stout Silver Medal 1985. Donn Fischer Memorial Award 1979, Award of Merit 1982. The...

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  • Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

    Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (3.5 inch pot)

    Ceratostigma plumbaginoides 'PLUMBAGO' a/k/a Dwarf Plumbago, Leadwort, Chinese Leadwort, Blue Ceratostigma. Zone: 5 to 9, may not be reliably winter hardy throughout Zone 5. Full sun to part shade. Mature size: 9 to 12 inch height,semi-evergreen, wiry,...

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  • Ajuga r 'Catlin's Giant'

    Ajuga r 'Catlin's Giant' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' 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 other Ajugas;fast...

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  • Ajuga r. 'Burgundy Glow'

    Ajuga r. 'Burgundy Glow' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort Zone 3 to 9, maybe 3 to 10 Sun or partial shade (morning sun only). Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; fast growing groundcover...

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  • Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'

    Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga "Chocolale Chip" a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed,Creeping Carpet Bugle, SicklewortZone 4 to 9, maybe 3 to 10,Sun to full shade, at least 3 to 4 hours of sun for best foliage color .Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; dwarf habit...

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  • Agastache 'Rosie Posie' PPAF

    Agastache 'Rosie Posie' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Rosie Posie' PPAF (30)ct Flat Hot pink flowers with magenta purple calyxesBlooms midsummer through early fall in northern zones (earlier in southern zones)Forms a densely compact, ball-shaped clumpHeight: 18-22 inchesZones 6-9 Thirty (30)...

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  • Nepeta faassenii WALKER'S LOW

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' (3.5 inch pot)

    WALKER'S LOW Nepeta faassenii a/k/a Catmint and Catnip Zones 3 to 8. Full Sun or part shade in the south.Up to 30 inches tall (if staked) and 3 feet wide. Arching upright habit. The cultivar name is somewhat misleading, the plant is named for its garden...

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  • Lysimachia aurea (Creeping Jenny)

    Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' (10)ct Flat

    Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' Common Name: CREEPING JENNY, MONEYWORT and CREEPING CHARLIE. Zones 3 to 9. Part to full shade.Low-growing, creeping ground cover forms a dense leafy mat 2 to 4 inches tall. Rounded, slightly ruffled, leaves will be yellow...

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  • Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty'

    Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (18)ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' a/k/a Carpenter's Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, SicklewortZone 4 to 9, Partial sun (morning only) to full shade.Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; low spreading groundcover. Glossy bronze, medium...

    $89.88
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  • Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'

    Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' (25) BR Plants

    Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' Common Name: Red Creeping Thyme Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 1 to 4 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; fragrant evergreen groundcover. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Coccineus' forms a dense, flat mat of evergreen, dark...

    $161.00
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  • Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick'

    Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick' (30)ct Flat

    Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick' Common Name: Stokes' Aster. Zone: 5 to 10. Full sun, tolerates filtered sunlight. Height: 18 inches tall, spread 18 to 24 inches. Herbaceous perennial. Lavender-blue stokesia flowers bloom much longer and a bit later than the...

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  • Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low'

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' a/k/a Catmint and CatnipZones 3 to 8. Full Sun or part shade in the south.Up to 30 inches tall (if staked) and 3 feet wide. Arching upright habit. The cultivar name is somewhat misleading, the plant is named for its garden...

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  • Leucanthemum superbum  'Becky'

    Leucanthemum superbum 'Becky' (30)ct Flat

    Leucanthemum superbum 'Becky' A/k/a Becky Shasta Daisy Zone 4 - 9. Full sun.2003 Perennial Plant of the Year. White rays with yellow center disk, 3 to 4 inch diameter flowers. Mounding plant reaching a height 3 to 4 foot tall. Lengthy bloom period last...

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  • Daylily SOUTH SEAS

    Hemerocallis SOUTH SEAS (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis - SOUTH SEAS (Moldovan, 1993) Tangerine coral with red coral band above yellow green throat. Height is 30 inches with 5.5 inch bloom.Mid Season Rebloomer, Dormant, Tetraploid, Fragrant. Coral-tangerine tepals with a reddish-coral band and...

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  • Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'

    Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun' (30)ct Flat

    Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun' Common Name: Blanket Flower Zones 3 to 10.Part Sun to Full Sun, too much shade may cause plants to 'flop over'. Mature height is 8 to 10 inches, 10 to 12 inches wide. Easy to care for herbaceous perennial requires little...

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  • Echinacea p. 'Magnus'

    Echinacea p. 'Magnus' (30)ct Flat

    Echinacea p. 'Magnus' PURPLE CONEFLOWER The classic purple coneflower. Beautiful rose pink ray petals with a coppery brown, spiky central cone. Petals are held horizontally, making the flowers appear even bigger. Newer blooms are more intense in color...

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  • Delphinium NEW MILLENNIUM 'Stars' photo courtesy of Dowdeswell's Delphiniums Ltd

    Delphinium NEW MILLENNIUM 'Stars' (30)ct Flat

    Delphinium NEW MILLENNIUM 'Stars' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Hybrid Bee Delphinium'New Millennium Stars' is a mix of the NEW MILLENNIUM™ Hybrid Delphiniums. The flowers range in color from white to pink, purple, and blue and will range in height from...

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  • Asclepias tuberosa

    Asclepias tuberosa (30)ct Flat

    Asclepias tuberosa Common Name: Butterfly Weed, pleurisy root. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Herbaceous perennial. This hassle-free perennial will provide three months of tangerine orange blooms (occasionally...

    $146.20
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  • Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

    Asclepias t. 'Hello Yellow' (30)ct Flat

    Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' (30)ct Flat Common Name: Butterfly Weed, pleurisy root. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Herbaceous perennial. Offers three months of golden yellow blooms from early through late...

    $148.12
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  • Daylily HAPPY RETURNS

    Hemerocallis HAPPY RETURNS (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis - HAPPY RETURNS Daylily (Apps 1986) (25) bare root clumps An extremely popular and widely used reblooming daylily 3', fragrant, canary yellow complete self Tepal edges are slightly crimped Of 'Stella de Oro' parentage, though flowers...

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