Virtues: We love Temari Patio Blue verbena for its bushy, more upright growth habit than typical annual verbenas, which makes it a unique cultivar for patio pots and the garden beds. Temari produces bountiful, bright bluish-purple flowers that cascade over … Read Article
Virtues: We love Zahara Double Fire zinnia for its spectacular scarlet-orange, double blooming flowers.The dense, bushy plant is a continuous bloomer from late spring until frost.
Virtues: We love Blue Velvet St. Johnswort for its lustrous, fragrant blue-green leaves and vibrant yellow blooms with “fiber-optic” centers.
PLANTS WE LOVE Virtues: We love ‘Arizona Apricot’ for its unique apricot color, a blend of soft yellow and orange petals. An All-America Selections winner for 2012, it boasts continuous blooms, hardiness and a high heat tolerance. Apricot’ is an … Read Article
If you have an area in your yard that is always a little wet, like I do, you can grow Salix integra, my favorite willow. My variety is ‘Hakuro nishiki’. This plant is practically indestructible. Easy to grow, easy to … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Pazazz Tangerine’ for its stunning tropical orange blossoms. A new portulaca in the Pazazz series, ‘Tangerine’ is daylight sensitive, drought tolerant and deer resistant. It is an eye-popping choice for your spill component in containers or bordering … Read Article
Virtues: We love Summer Jewel Red for its profuse brilliant-red blossoms that continuously bloom from spring through autumn. As the 2011 All America Selection Award Winner, the bright red flower spikes of Summer Jewel Red are covered with half inch … Read Article
Virtues: This compact version of Blue Star is a superb introduction for any spring garden. Blue Ice displays blue-violet, star-shaped blossoms and a thick mound of deer-resistant foliage that gives credence to its hybrid origin. Once established in a garden, … Read Article
Virtues: We love Filigree daisy for its drought-tolerance and long-stemmed blooms. This hardy perennial is a perfect choice for xeriscaping or for a dry border, and its well-branched filigree foliage and profuse golden blooms will shine in any garden.
Here are a few favorite annuals that attract butterflies. Consider including them in your butterfly garden.
Here are a few favorite perennials that attract butterflies. Some are nectar sources for mature butterflies, and others are host plants for butterfly larvae. Every good butterfly garden should include both categories. Many of these plants also attract hummingbirds.