Okay Guys, here it is.....
My butterfly garden consists of the following plants- all are perennials but the zinnias, and Mexican Sunflower, both must have's. I've also included their bloom times, i took color and blooms times into consideration, for an ever changing color show. Also, I have listed then according to sections of my garden, which is separated my gravel paths ( butterflies like gravel and a few big rocks to sun themselves on and help heat up their wings for flight).
Section one ( gets full sun all day)
Tall JoPye weed ( Aug, Sept, Oct)
Paprika yarrow(July and aug)
gayfeather(liatris) (july and august)
Zinnias ( in the bare patches, blooms ALL summer till frost)
Tall garden phlox(july)
New England aster (september and october)
Orange butterfly weed (all summer)
Hollyhock ( July) Supposed to be a "host "plant , but I have never seen any cats on it
silver lace vine ( grows on an arbor over my bench) (september)
Some morning shade
Beebalm ( red and purple, all summer till frost) ( hummingbirds visit my garden at leat four times a day for this flowers's nectar)
"shades of orange" agastache, also called licorice mint hyssop, blooms all summer till frost, another hummingbird favorite
meadow phlox (may, early june)
royal knight butterfly bush
large patch of common milkweed(june,july)
goldenrod (aug, sept)
Section 3 ( late afternoon sun)
Mexican sunflower , an absolute MUST, by Frost time, it is about five feet high, a magnet for late season monarchs and hummingbirds, mine grows rather slow, because I direct sow in late may and it takes a good month to emerge.
autumn joy sedum (sept, oct, nov)
verbena, homestead purple (all summer)
black eyed susan( all bloom most of the summer with continual deadheading)
terra cotta yarrow
monnshine yellow yarrow
Goldflame honeysuckle vine ( hummingbird heaven, blooms all summer, grows on another arbor over the garden gate)
I also planted some Verbena bonariensis seed in april, they are tall, slender and airy plants with purple clusters on top, don't take up much planting space b/cause they are so tall and wiry) They are sprinkled all over the garden, which is approx. 24 Feet by 20, just to the left of my low back deck. I bought those as seeds at K-mart in the spring, at the same time I bought the dill, mexican sunflower and zinnia seeds, yeah! Martha Stewart!!!! I see many butterflies daily, tiger swallows, black swallows, anise swallows, cabbage white, sulphurs, fritillaries, baltimore checkerspot,painted ladies, skippers, and of course, MONARCHS! I also have a ever creeping shrub that started out 3 years ago as 3 plants, called "blue mist" shrub, planted on the right side of my deck. It blooms late August, September, October till frost, and the late season monarchs love it, gives them that all important last meal before heading off to Mexico! It does spread like crazy though, i spend a few hours each spring "weeding" some of it out of my other beds.!!!
My garden is "mommy's playpen" and gives me great joy.I hope that my kids are learning to appreciate the wonders of nature and the beauty that comes from studying it. I hope this info helps you all plan a butterfly garden, and Gwynne, most of these will do great in pots, except maybe some of the taller plants, will be too heavy. (Joe pye weed, butterfly bush, mexican sunflower , milkweeds need a long taproot, i'm not sure how they would do it pots. Zinnias do great in pots, autumn joy sedum will come back like a champ every year in a pot, agastache, new england asters, verbena honestead purple (clump verbena) all will do well in pots...Good luck Butterfly Buds!),
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