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the Butterfly Garden


Keep the butterflies and birds coming back all summer with this beatiful, easy to install garden. It incorporates all the best flowers for attracting butterflies, small birds and hummingbirds, plus a wide range of flower and foliage color to delight us humans. Requiring only 12 x 14 feet, its easy to prepare, and with only 9 plants, its simple to establish. An overall winner for the beginning gardener.

Butterfly-Bird Garden Layout
Included in this garden are (back to front)
1 – Viburnum ‘Carlesii’
1 – Weigela ‘Java Red’
2 – Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’
2 – Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’
1 – Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’
1 – Penstemon ‘Huskers Red’
1 – Echinacea ‘Ruby Swan’


Plant Descriptions

butterfly-viburnumViburnum ‘Carlesii’
‘What is that intoxicating fragrance’? My teenage son even agreed the first time we caught a whiff this gorgeous plant. Its dark green foliage is loaded with 3″ white, sweet smelling clustered blossoms in the spring. Great red fall color with berries to feed the birds. Grows 5-6 feet.

butterfly-weigelaWeigela ‘Java Red’
A dwarf Weigela at 4 feet is the perfect compact size to fit in this garden. Beautiful light pink blooms seem to glow on the gorgeous deep greenish-purple foliage in the spring. Tried and true, it is one of the oldest weigleas and a major hit at our sping sales.

butterfly-monardaMonarda ‘Jacob Cline’
Bring on the COLOR with bright red Bee Balm. Hummingbirds cant resist this vibrant nectar machine. Grows 24-36″ tall and will be beautiful tucked around a bird bath. Keep spreading in check by adding a brick border around the plant to contain growth.

butterfly-layout_16Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’
Goldsturm has pretty much set the standard for perennial black-eyed Susan’s since its introduction. It just never seems to be out of bloom and nothing bothers it. The plants grow about 36″ and blooms from midsummer to fall. Leave the seedheads to feed the birds.

butterfly-shasta-daisyShasta Daisy ‘Becky’
Drought tolerant Becky grows and flowers profusely, blooming from June to September. It reaches 36-48″ with classic daisy pattern flowers that attract butterflies, and NOT deer. The best Shasta variety for heavy long range blooming. One of our more popular perennials.

butterfly-echinaceaEchinacea ‘Ruby Swan’
One of the the best perennials for attracting butterflies, purple coneflower bears large daisy-like flowers of lavender-pink. Grows 30″-36″ high and blooms from mid July through frost. A top choice at our nursery. Do not deadhead. The seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.

butterfly-penstemonPenstemon ‘Huskers Red’
1996 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the year, Penstemon is front and center for its ruby-toned leaves in spring, followed by 3 ft stems with panicles of white blooms in early summer. It attracts butterflies to its flowers in summer, and songbirds to its seed in winter.

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