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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Hungry Butterflies?

Last week, I talked about feeding the babies (caterpillars).  Now we want to attract the grown-ups.

Most butterflies prefer sun, so most of their favorite flowers are sun lovers.  Butterflies also like to perch on flat rocks and bask in the sun on occasion so having a few stones around in sunny areas is good.

Butterflies also need a water source.  Sometimes, after a rainy day, you’ll see clusters of butterflies around shallow puddles on the ground.  It’s not only a water source but a source of minerals as well.  Having shallow saucers around or deeper saucers filled with wet sand can help.  Bird baths, fountains, or ponds are too deep.

The following is a list of good butterfly attracting perennials, although there are lots of others:

Asters
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Weed (Milkweed)
Catnip
Clovers
Coreopsis (Tickseed)
Echinacea (Coneflowers)
Garlic Chives
Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)
Lavender
Lantana
Liatris
Marjoram
Mints
Oregano
Rudbeckias (Black-eyed Susans)
Salvias
Tithonia (Mexican Sunflowers)
Verbena
Viburnum
Vitex (Chaste Tree)
 
When planting perennials, try to plant perennials that bloom at different times so there are always nectar sources available.
 
By planting annuals along with your perennials, you’ll always have something in bloom, even when your perennials stop.  Some good annuals are
 
Alyssum
Cosmos
Dahlias (dig and store over-winter and you can keep these for years)
Dianthus
Heliotrope
Petunias
Marigolds
Annual Salvia
Sunflowers
Annual verbena
Zinnias

When choosing which ones to plant, rememeber reds may attract some hummingbirds, too.
 
Posted: 4/4/2016 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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