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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - BRINGING BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN

   When planning and planting our gardens this spring, let’s keep in mind some of the blooming annuals and perennials that are particularly attractive for our butterfly population.  Besides the Monarch butterfly, we tend to have three other popular types of butterflies in Central Virginia.  They are the Tiger Swallowtail, the Question Mark, and the Painted Lady.
                Here are a few tips for bringing butterflies to your garden:
  1.  Provide a sunny area with rocks or flat stones for the butterflies to bask on.
  2. Provide a shallow bowl of water.
  3. Incorporate some organic gardening techniques.  Try to limit your use of herbicides and insecticides.
  4. PLANT PLENTY OF FLOWERS for food and nectar.  Here are some suggested annual , perennial , and shrub flowers for butterfly gardening:
Annuals –
1.Alyssum                                       5.  Butterfly weed
2.Cosmos                                        6.  Zinnias
3.Gaillardia                                     7.  Verbena
4.Impatiens                                    8.  Marigolds
Perennials –
1. Arabis                                          9.  Sedum Spectabile
2.Asters                                           10.  Joe-Pie-Weed
3.Bee Balm                                     11.  Yarrow
4.Butterfly Weed                         12.  Black-Eyed Susan
5.Daisy                                             13.  Thyme
6.Catmint                                        14.  Lavender
7.Phlox                                             15.  Mint
8.Purple coneflower                  16.  Coreopsis
Shrubs –
1. Buddleia ( Butterfly bush)
2.Azalea
3.Lilac
4.Viburnum
 
Surely from the above list of flowering plants that I shared with you that all of us can find some room to do some extra plantings.  April is a great month to start.
Posted: 4/17/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 2 comment(s)
Comments
Natalie
Do you have Helianthus angustifolius-perennial sunflowers
4/21/2015 12:34:13 PM

kayleigh
very helpful! Thank you:)
4/21/2015 9:02:58 AM

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