|Joe Pye Weed 'Little Joe' (eupatorium dubium)|
For a butterfly garden, success is guaranteed if you include agastache, cosmos, joe pye weed, milkweed, butterfly bushes, lantana, salvia and zinnias. There are many other nectar and host plants for butterflies, but these are the favorites in my garden.
|Agastache 'Blue Fortune' is a favorite, attracting|
many butterflies as well as Gold Finches and bees.
|Agastache 'Cotton Candy' is proving|
to be as popular as 'Blue Fortune' with me and
|Agastache 'Heat Wave', with tubular blooms|
is also loved by hummingbirds.
|Bog sage (salvia uliginosa) is great for|
moist areas in the garden, but can handle drought.
Another hummingbird favorite, too.
|Butterfly bush 'Honeycomb' (buddleia)|
is one of twenty in my garden. 'Adonis Blue', 'Pink Delight'
and 'Royal Red' buddleia are also wonderful.
|Comos sulphureus, an annual grown from seeds.|
I also grow cosmos bipinnatus in pink, white and deep rose.
|Lantana, an unknown pink-yellow variety that is|
a perennial in my zone 7b garden. I also grow the orange-gold 'Miss Huff'.
|Benary's Giant Zinnia in salmon. Easy to grow from seed.|
I have many different colors of zinnias and the
salmon looks great with lime green blooms.
|My bronze butterfly marks a patch of pink swamp milkweed,|
joe pye weed and ironweed.
Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies.
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