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How to Turn Your Flower Garden Into a Butterfly Heaven

November 2, 2008

Volume 1, Number 1

Inside this issue…

How To Turn Your Flower Garden Into A Butterfly Heaven

Would The Tall Flowers Please Stand Up?

Give Your Garden A Step Up With Our Eye-Catching Stepping Stone Molds!

Hello Gardeners,

A garden full of flowers can bring such pleasure. But the blooms themselves can bring something else too: butterflies. In this month’s newsletter, we reveal the techniques that will turn your garden into a field of fluttering colors.

Of course, it helps if you can actually see the flowers in your garden! Usually, that means putting the tall flowers at the back and the shorter plants at the front. But does that rule always hold true? We offer a couple of suggestions that break the rules.

One of those tips involves planting flowers around rocks but you could also use stepping stones. Our stepping stone molds will give your garden a truly unique look… and give your flowers a background to help them stand out. Read it all here…

How To Turn Your Flower Garden Into A Butterfly Heaven

We like to think that our flower seeds will give your garden all the beauty it needs. With a little attention, they can do even more than that. The flowers can also attract butterflies, bringing additional color to your outdoor areas.

Our zinnias, for example, create nectar that’s a treat for the Silver Checkerspot, a yellow-orange butterfly found in most eastern and central states between May and September. Our purple coneflowers are popular with Common Wood-Nymphs and Monarch, and shasta daisies provide a meal for the Mourning Cloak, a beautiful purple-black butterfly that appears across almost the entire country.

You shouldn’t really need to do anything special to turn your flower garden into a butterfly paradise but a little planning can increase the numbers of butterflies that you attract — and the amount that you enjoy them.

Planting particular types of flowers in large groups, for example, will make them easier for butterflies to spot and give you fluttering clusters instead of migrating individuals that come in ones and twos. Creating areas of light and shade will let the butterflies both warm themselves in the sun and provide cool spots out of the heat. And puddles of water and rotting fruit can also give your butterflies a reason to stick around… provided you don’t mind the smell.

You can also try matching the plant favored by the larvae with the flower preferred by the butterfly. Place sunflowers near zinnias, for example, and you’ll create a nursery for the Silvery Checkerspots, guaranteeing a supply when the caterpillars pupate between May and September.

And finally, you can also plan your garden so that you have a spot to sit in the summer shade while the butterflies enjoy the flowers that surround you — and you enjoy both.

Are You Arranging Your Flower Beds In The Right Order?

Walk into a meadow on a summer’s day and each step can bring a surprise. Dandelions hide behind tall grasses; toadflax and teaberry reveal themselves from behind rocks. That sort of randomness is fine when you’re walking in nature, but when you’re sitting on your patio, you want all your flowers to be on show.

That takes a little thought. Sure, you’ll want to arrange your flowers so that you have a good variety of color for as much of the year as possible, but you’ll also want to organize your beds to ensure the best visibility.

Many of the flowers that we sell, such as the Gloriosa Daisy and Black-Eyed Susan, flower at 2-3 feet from the ground. A few though, such as Blanketflower and Sweet William are a little shorter at 1.5-2 feet or less. It makes sense then, when you’re planting, to place the shorter flowers at the front of the bed and the longer flowers at the back.

But taller flowers aren’t the only things that can obscure shorter blooms. Rocks too can hide flowers close to the ground. Surround them with tall flowers and you’ll make the rocks look small and embedded in the ground. Plant short flowers nearby and while they’ll be hard to spot, you’ll throw the emphasis on the stone, leaving the petals to provide them with crowns. It’s an effect worth playing with, and you can have the same fun when you decide which flowers to place around high tree roots and low fences.

The easiest way to ensure that your flowers are always visible is always going to be to put the tallest at the back. But sometimes the most enjoyable results come when you break the rules in creative ways.

Give Your Garden A Step Up With Our Eye-Catching Stepping Stone Molds!

Thinking of mixing your flowers with a beautiful rockery? Go one better with stepping stone molds that turn simple steps into works of art. With wonderful designs that include sunflowers, dragonflies, butterflies and turtles, as well as colored Western styles, we’ve got molds to match every garden. At just $19.99 each, they’re a steal. Pick yours up here.

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