Planting a Butterfly Garden – Family Plot

Planting a Butterfly Garden – Family Plot


Alright Joellen, we got some beautiful plants
here. What are we going to do? – We’re going to create a butterfly garden. – Cool. – Now, when you do butterfly gardens, you
gotta do al ittle bit of research. The majority of butterflies like nectar producing
flowers that usually like full sun. So, you really need a lot of sun for a butterfly
garden. – And I think we have–
– I think we’ve got full sun here. – plenty. [chuckles]
– Yes we do. Also, when you plant a butterfly garden, you’ve
got to think of the whole life cycle of a butterfly because the adults are usually the
ones that are gathering the nectar. And you’ve got to have some kind of food for
the caterpillars. So we’ve got a little bit of that here today. And we’ll go over each of the plants that
we’re going to be putting in the garden, and we’re also going to create a space for them
to get water like they like to do, and for them to stretch out on some rocks to sun themselves. So we’re going, and of course, WKNO has got
plenty of trees that are native around here that fulfills a lot of the rest of the life
cycle of the butterflies that we’re trying to attract. – Good. – So we’re going to get everything in for
a complete life cycle of many different butterflies. So we will get started by, we’ve kind of,
this is very nice soil, this soil has been amended already, so we’ve just tilled it up
a little bit with a shovel and loosened it, and now we’re ready to plant. – Alright. – One of the first things we’ll plant in here
is this Red Hot Poker Plant. It likes lots of sun, and of course it’s got
nice red-orange flowers that butterflies like. And then we’ve got another one that is, this
is a native to the United States, this is Liatris. And it will have little lavendar spikes out
on the top of it. That butterflies like really well. Another perenniel that we’ve got is sedum. Now these will bloom in the fall, so we’re
trying to, what we’re trying to do is get something blooming in this bed all the time
so that all the butterflies throughout the season have got nectar to get. – Ok. – So this will extend our fall blooming. And we have a couple of those. – Nice, so so far all of these plants are
easy to maintain, all like to live together, have the same kind of requirements, none of
these plants like to be wet, which is good. So we’re kind of going for a moist, but that
can dry out bed. – Ok. – Next, we’ve got something just for the monarchs,
and this is the Asclepias. This is the only plant that they need for
their entire life cycle. They like the nectar from this, the caterpillars
eat on this, and this is the only plant that you need to attract monarchs to your garden. – The only plant. How ’bout that. – The only plant. This is the only one they eat. And since they’re very small plants, in fact,
they’re blooming right now along the roadsides. We’ll put three of them together there so
we’ll have enough for somebody to come and eat and produce their entire life cycle with
that. – How ’bout that. – Next we have something that should bloom
a lot during the summer, this is Rhudbeckia. – Yeah, I know that one. – And this is particularly Rhudbeckia hirta,
which is more favored by butterflies. Let’s see, next we have Phlox. And now some of these perenniels don’t bloom
all summer long, which is why we have a succession of plants. And some annuals that we’re going to plant
in here. But we’ll put that in here. Then we, I’m going to go to the other side
and get the rest of our perennials in. We have a very small at this point Russian
Sage. This is also a butterfly favorite. And then we have another fall blooming plant. This is, now, it’s an Aster. This has got a very long scientific name,
but this is the aromatic Aster, the one that has the woody leaves that blooms really late
in the fall. – Ok. – And so after the sedum bloom then this will
bloom. And then next we have another perennial called
Gaillardia, and this will bloom all summer long. We have a couple of those because they’re
bright, and butterflies like bright colors. The oranges, the reds, the yellows, the hot
pinks, and sometimes the purples, they like purple also. So along with that, we also have the ever
popular Echinacea. And this is a smaller variety, since we have
a smaller bed, I thought I would get a smaller variety, this is called ‘Pow Wow’. – Pow Wow. [chuckles]
– Pow Wow. And next we’ll move onto our annuals. Because as much as perennials are great for
butterflies, we need something that’s blooming all the time, and one thing that can do that
is your annuals, and it’s easy to slip in there, look this is our perennials. You see we have some spots left. – We do. – So we’re going to fill those in with some
annuals. The first one that some like the best, Monarda. And you notice this isn’t quite blooming yet,
so, it’s forming blooms, so we’ll have that there. Next, we have a purple Heliotrope. Now, the reasons why they like this Heliotrope,
not only is it purple, and a good nectar source, but the flowers are kind of flat, and that’s
what butterflies tend to like is flat flowers, so they can land easily on them to get the
nectar. – Interesting, ok. – So we have the Heliotrope, and let’s see. This is filling in pretty good. – Yeah. And then of course, who doesn’t like zinnias. And they’re perfect colors that butterflies
love. – Beautiful colors, beautiful. – Something else thath butterflies like a
lot, is Lantana. – Love Lantana. – Lantana is gorgeous, and so this will bloom
all the rest of the summer and into the fall. – Nice. – Another plant we have that butterflies actually
like is Portulaca. Also known as Moss Rose. – Ok. – So we’ve got a couple of those to put here. Then of course we want something for them
to eat, and also for them to get nectar from, and those are some herbs. So right here, and you can see that this oregano
is blooming. – That’s nice. – Which is very nice, because the butterflies
can take advantage of that. And we’ll plant it here so that it trails
over the side. – Nice, ok. – And we’ll add some more space to the garden. – Ok. – We need some other things that butterflies,
larvae can eat, and that’s parsley. Fennel the eat also, but I’ve got parsley,
so we’re going to move that over just a little bit, and put our parsley in here. And another thing they like is sage. So we’ve got one sage to go in the corner,
and hopefully these herbs are going to be at the edge so they can spill over the edge
of the bed so they’re easier to see. – You’ve got a really good eye for design
I see. – And another herb that they like is thyme. And again, this is trailing, so we’re going
to put it at the edge, so it can trail over the side. And of course we have another parsley tha
we’re going to set in here. And then chives. Butterflies actually like the blooms of chives. So we’re going to put some chives in too. Alright, so we’ve got them all set out and
now it’s time to plant. – Alright. – But, I just wanted to let you know is that
what I did, after looking around and finding the right plants, I went ahead and did a plan,
and drew out some chalk on some concrete, and laid all the plants out, so that we would
know if it fit, and it does, so now we are ready to plant. Move this out. – Oh yeah. – Roots aren’t too bad, just separate them
like that. – Alright Joellen, what do you think? Looks good. – Looks beautiful. But now we’ve got to mulch. – Yes, got to do that, right? – The mulch will help hold the moisture in
the soil for all these plants. And we’re going to do that before we plant
those itty-bitty tiny vinca in the front. And a trick that I use when I’m trying to
go around small plants, and you have this big bag of mulch, is–
– Ah-hah. – you take a container and you fill it with
the mulch, so that you can easily just set it around the plants. Because we don’t want this thick, we just
want to cover the ground. – I like that trick. [mulch shaking out of container]
– So what do you think so far. – That looks all good, nice and mulched. And now it’s time to add the little bit of
flowers that we have left that are so small. And we’ll just fill in where we’ve got some
blank spaces. We’ve got six. There’s three of them. There’s a hole right there. – Ok, just sit it there, I will plant. – Looks like we’ve got a hole here. One here. And there we go. Next we’ve got to provide some sand in a shallow
dish that we can keep wet all the time because they’ll be able to land on it, and it will
be solid, but it will be wet enough that they can get a drink from, and we’re going to set
up our rocks around it so they’ll have someplace to sun bathe on. – Ok. Alright Joellen, so we got everything our
pollinators need, right? – That’s right, we’ve got flowers, we’ve got
some feeder plants for some of the caterpillars, we’ve got a place for them to get a drink,
and a place for them to rest and sun bathe their wings. – Looks inviting. – It does. – I feel like going down there and doing some
sun bathing, right? – Yeah it’s warm enought. – Alright Joellen, we definitely appreciate
that. Can’t wait to see what this looks like throughout
the growing season. – I think it’s going to be great. – It’s going to be beautiful. Thank you much.

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