This year instead of putting my gardening efforts into another doomed vegetable garden, I decided to plant a butterfly garden. Before hitting the garden shop I printed out these extensive lists of butterfly friendly flowers and shrubs recommended by NC State’s horticulture department. Having a specific shopping list made it so much easier to not be overwhelmed by the rows and rows of plants yelling “Hey, pick me!” (Can anyone else hear them, or am I crazy?)
Last weekend my Dad came over to bring me some salvia and help me plant, and he dug 7 or 8 holes in the time it took me to dig one! I dig like such a girl. Below are the perennial lovelies that now live in my garden, along with Armeria, Rock Foil, Butterfly Weed, and Butterfly Bush (which aren’t pictured because they’re not doing anything particularly pretty yet). I’m also planting parsley, since butterfly caterpillars love to nibble it. If you see any butterflies this week, tell them to stop by. Have you ever planted a butterfly garden?