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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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Purple Coneflower

Coneflower Plant

Coneflower perennial is known for its distinctive daisy-like, purple flowers with a prominent cone-shaped center, attracting pollinators and adding color to gardens. Adorned with vibrant, daisy-like purple petals, the purple coneflower perennial has a  surrounding cone-shaped center; it creates a captivating display that exudes wild charm. It is a valuable asset in landscaping, offering aesthetic, ecological, and practical benefits. Its unique attributes contribute to a harmonious interplay of visual allure, environmental support, and functional value, making it a favored choice among landscape designers and homeowners. Aesthetically, it introduces a splash of natural beauty to landscapes. These striking blooms infuse outdoor spaces with vibrancy and elegance, enhancing the overall visual appeal of gardens and yards. Ecologically, it plays a pivotal role in supporting local ecosystems. Its nectar-filled flowers lure pollinators such as butterflies, fostering biodiversity and promoting essential ecological interactions. The plant's seeds are a vital food source for birds during the colder months, adding to the interconnectedness of the local wildlife community. Functionally, it offers practical benefits as well. Its hardy nature and adaptability to various soil types make it suitable for landscaping. Whether used in perennial beds, mixed borders, or native plant gardens, its versatility allows it to thrive in diverse settings, contributing to the overall beauty of the landscape.  Coneflower flowers from late spring through summer, provide a continuous source of color and beauty. Moreover, its extended blooming period ensures a lasting impact on the landscape. Additionally, the plant's resilience in the face of various weather conditions and low maintenance requirements make it an appealing choice for homeowners seeking easy-care landscaping options. In conclusion, coneflower brings an array of benefits to landscaping designs. From its captivating aesthetic charm and ecological contributions to its practical versatility and extended blooming period, this plant enriches outdoor environments. Its capacity to infuse landscapes with vibrant colors, attract pollinators, and provide visual and ecological value solidifies its status as a favored choice among those aiming to create visually appealing and ecologically rich landscapes.  Order  Coneflower from TN Nursery today! The Purple Coneflower is a showy perennial that grows well in all environments. It features a maximum height of three to four feet and produces lavender-colored flowers. You'll find scattered leaves at its base that work their way up each stem and thin near its apex. Its flowers bloom at the very top of the stems mid to late summer.The purple coneflower plant has a relatively long blooming period that lasts up to two months. Our Purple Coneflowers for sale will attract butterflies, goldfinches, pollinators, birds, and hummingbirds during this time. This flower will produce a spiny, purplish-brown dome and drooping purple or pink petal-like rays. These rays are lanceolate with tapered ends and long petioles. They have a rough texture and develop in quantities of 12 to 13 per flower. These prominent blooms grow radially symmetrical and shoot out from the under portion of the central cone. This deer and drought-resistant plant has a fibrous root system. Its leaves are lanceolate at their tips and cordate at their base. They have serrated margins. In the late summer, this herbaceous plant develops large cypselae. You may hear this plant referred to by other names such as the Easter Purple Coneflower, Echinacea Purpurea, Kansas Snakeroot, Indian Head, Scurvy Root, Snakeroot, Narrow-Leaved Purple Cone Flower, Hedgehog Coneflower, or Echinacea for short. This highly valued ornamental plant is well-known for radiating beautiful blooms during the summer months. Its strong upright growth helps its stems blend in with other foliage, while its lavender flowers provide a pop of attractive color to any garden design. This perennial herb is known to have unbranched stems that make cutting fresh blooms easy. Our coneflower plants for sale can survive up to two weeks after cutting, making them a long-lasting floral centerpiece for the dinner table. This lavished flower is a member of the Asteraceae botanical family and is native to eastern and central North America. It's very low-maintenance, making it a great addition to any home garden where you want to plant it and forget about it until you see its beautiful summertime lavender blooms. If you have any questions about our coneflower plants for sale, please feel free to contact us

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