I recently was able to share my experience through my butterfly garden at the Athens Library. Here are some of the pic, and names of the plants that I talked about. If you want more information let me know! We are still enjoying our garden, it is a little gone by for the year, but shhhhh, don’t tell the butterflies!!
Before – our front yard was grass.
Then we killed the grass. Then we spray painted a plan/map – beds & paths. And tilled where our beds were going to be.
We started adding plants. We tried to plan for enough space for them to fill in –
The filling in part may have gone a little too well. The Sweet Potato vine went crazy!!
Some of the plants we added that did well and brought in lots of pollinators were :
Borage – annual but heavy reseeded
Bronze Fennel – Black Swallowtail Host plant – Perennial
Obedient Plant – some consider this invasive, easy to split & share – perennial, bees love this
Mexican Sunflower – my favorite this year! Annual, heavy reseeder.
Milkweed – host plant for the monarch butterfly.
Turks Cap – this is pink, I have red too – this is perennial, hardy and drought tolerant. Hummingbirds & butterflies love this
Zinnias – these have reseeded everywhere in my yard – the butterflies love them!!Those are just a few – stick around, and come back and I will update you on the butterfly garden!!
A few after shots – ignore the weeds and grass, the butterflies and bees do! 😉