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A Backyard for Butterflies – FineGardening


Immediately’s pictures come from backyard designer James Dillon.

Hooked up are photos of a backyard I designed professional bono for the Monarch Alliance (a nonprofit in Washington County, Maryland). The backyard is positioned at Kiwanis Park in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The backyard peaks in July, with blooms from native crops like Virginia Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum, Zones 3–8), blazingstar (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–9), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8), threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata, Zones 3–9), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3–9), and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata, Zones 3–8). The ‘Child Joe’ Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum, Zones 2–9) blooms subsequent, adopted by ‘Iron Butterfly’ ironweed (Vernonia lettermanii ‘Iron Butterfly’, Zones 4–9), ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago ‘Fireworks’, Zones 4–9), ‘Golden Fleece’ goldenrod (Solidago ‘Golden Fleece’, Zones 4–9), and ‘October Skies’ aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’, Zones 5–8).

Grasses like ‘Heavy Metallic’ and ‘Shenandoah’ switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, Zones 4–9) present an extended season of curiosity. I take advantage of ‘Winterthur’ viburnum (Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’, Zones 5–9) in a trio for seasonal curiosity and berries for birds.

The backyard sits in a small park, and I take pleasure in seeing people trying out the butterflies within the backyard.

I hope you just like the backyard!

Yellow goldenrod and purple astersYellow goldenrod and purple asters combine to create a late-season tapestry of shade.

monarch butterfly waystationThe backyard manages to stability being an ideal habitat for butterflies and different wildlife with being a good looking area for people to take pleasure in as nicely.

Purple coneflowersPurple coneflowers dot the backyard with the tall, white spires of Virginia Culver’s root behind.

purple liatrisSpikes of purple liatris echo the colour of the coneflowers, whereas the ornamental grasses assist knit the planting collectively.

Virginia Culver’s rootShut-up of the purple coneflowers and Virginia Culver’s root

baby joe Joe Pye weedThe large, pink flower heads of Joe Pye weed dominate the backyard once they bloom. The cultivar ‘Child Joe’ stays shorter than the conventional species to suit higher into smaller gardens.


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