Today we’re visiting Lynn DeSantis’s garden, where she has a lot of flowers that attract the attention of humans and butterflies.
Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9), obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana, Zones 3–9), and buddleia (Buddleia davidii, Zones 5–9) by the patio. This planting makes use of a very simple design technique: choose plants with flowers in a similar color range, and it really makes the garden look more cohesive and intentional.
Another great combination of colors. Dark burgundy drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon, Zones 4–8) combined with a soft lavender bellflower (possibly Campanula rapunculoides, Zones 3–9) and a purple bee balm (Monarda sp.) that echoes the color of the allium, but in a lighter shade that ties in the bellflower.
The walkway leads through the gate to the patio and the garden beside it.
A black swallowtail butterfly feeding on a purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8). This beautiful butterfly feeds on the nectar from a wide range of different flowers as an adult. If you want more of them in your garden, make sure to plant food for the caterpillars as well. They love many plants in the carrot family, including Queen Anne’s lace, carrots, celery, dill, fennel, and parsley.
A monarch feeding on the bright orange flowers of the butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3–9). Monarch caterpillars only feed on the leaves of plants in the milkweed genus, Asclepias. This plant is a beautiful one that pleases human and insect visitors alike.
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata, Zones 3–8) is another beautiful milkweed that is great for gardeners as well as monarch butterflies. As the name implies, this species is a good choice if you have consistently wet soil, though it will thrive in normal, well-drained garden soil as well.
A cloud of ‘Purple Sensation’ ornamental onions (Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, Zones 4–7).
A final view of the garden.
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