Posted on April 24, 2012 at 6:48 AM
Tuesday, Apr 24 at 6:49 AM
URBAN AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK
325 Commerce, Southlake TX 76092
Butterfly and hummingbird gardens:
Support local wildlife
Provide educational opportunities for children;
Add a dimension of beauty and interest to outdoor spaces
To create a Butterfly and Hummingbird garden:
Select a site:
Choose a sunny location that also gets some shade (butterflies like sun but hummingbirds need some shade)
Make sure the soil is well drained and doesn’t hold water
Amend the soil with organic material and expanded shale
Choose the right plants:
1. Choose plants that support butterfly larval or caterpillars. You may already have some of these in your landscape or you can add more.
A few plants for caterpillars include: Canna, Coneflower, Dill, Fennel, Hollyhock, Lantana, Parsley, Passionflower, Shrimp plant, Sweet Alyssum, Wax Myrtle, Yaupon Holly
For a couple of weeks some of these plants may look raggedy because the caterpillars eat the foliage so you may consider placing some of these plants in an out of the way area or a space that is less noticeable.
2. Next choose plants that offer nectar. Like:
Perennials – these will come back year after year: Ajuga, Blackfoot Daisy, Buddleia, Butterfly Weed, Daylillies, Coreopsis, Gaillardia, Echinacea, Eupatorium, Heliopsis, Heuchera, Ligularia, Lythrum, Penstemon, Phlox, Rudbeckia, Ruelia, Salvia, Sedum, Shasta Daisy, Turk’s Cap, Verbena
Annuals – these plants are good for one season and offer a fresh variety to your butterfly garden: Bougainvillea, Gomphrena, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Lantana, Marigolds, Moss Rose, Pentas, Periwinkles, Petunias, Plumbago, Purslane, Verbena, Zinnia
Herbs – these can be used for butterfly gardens and for cooking!
Fennel, Dill, Parsley
Trees, Shrubs and Vines: Abelia, Althea, Butterfly Bush, Texas Sage, Variegated Privet, Carolina Jessamine, Cypress Vine, Honeysuckle, Passion Vine, Trumpet Vine, Vitex
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