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Butterfly-friendly Gardens | What to Know

Friday, March 4

Butterfly Friendly Landscaping

Butterfly gardens are easy to grow.

Choose a landscape that butterflies find appealing to eat. You will have some holes in a few leaves, but the entertainment from so many butterflies around is more than worth it. There are two stages of butterfly gardening. First, butterflies are attracted to drink flower nectar and then lay eggs. In the second stage, their caterpillars eat the leaves until they become butterflies, thus completing the cycle.

Butterflies often like the nectar from purple coneflowers, lavender, and even things like Joe Pye weed. A milkweed is an excellent option as, besides being a nectar plant for some species, it is the sole diet for the Monarch butterfly in caterpillar form. Other plants that butterfly larvae like are trees like willows and cottonwoods and even common weeds like plantain. If you want to go all the way, make a small puddling area where butterflies can drink from, and you'll have an array that's sure to entice butterflies for many afternoon worth of window watching. Milkweed, an all-purpose butterfly plant, is available in our mail-order nursery.

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Coneflower Plant - TN Nursery

Coneflower Plant

The coneflower plant, or echinacea, is known for its distinctive daisy-like, purple flowers with a prominent cone-shaped center. These flowers attract pollinators and add color to gardens.  The Coneflower Plant Blooms Mid-Summer Coneflowers, which resemble daisies, typically bloom in the middle to end of summer. Certain types may begin blooming earlier or continue into the autumn. They are available in a rainbow of hues, from yellow to deep pink, and with both single and double blooms that are incredibly vibrant. Magnus Superior variants bloom from the end of spring until the end of summer with rosy-violet rays that can reach a diameter of seven inches. These plants respond exceptionally well to deadheading. They spread gracefully like wildflowers thanks to their abundant seed production and self-sowing capabilities. Their delicate branches and colorful flowers make them perfect for gardens, where they provide visual interest without drawing attention to themselves. This naturalizing effect makes the plant look better and works well to fill in gaps between flower beds. Add Uniqueness to Your Garden With Coneflower Plant Because of their unusual shape and composition, cones are a great way to add variety to your landscape. Their unique cone shapes also make them eye-catching accents among other garden plants. They provide textural variety to a garden by growing erect, contrasting wonderfully with trailing or mounding plants. In expansion, they can adjust to a broad range of soil types and light levels, giving you more alternatives for planting them. Invite Pollinators to Your Yard With The Coneflower Plant Since Coneflower Plants produce both nectar and pollen, many pollinators rely on these flowers for sustenance. Each 250 to 500 blooms that make up its black, cone-shaped flower head serves as a little cup of nectar for the pollinators. Bees and hummingbirds are just a few of the pollinators that love it. This variant can grow up to three feet tall and typically blooms between the middle of summer and the beginning of September each year because they produce seeds and are a popular nectar source for birds.

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