Martha Washington Garden Club

 Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

 Organized in 1926

Federated on February 20, 1934

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 Butterfly Tips

Attract more butterflies to your garden

Lure Butterflies to your yard with cottonwood, elm or willow trees, which provide food for larvae. Butterflies seek shade trees when they are too hot.

To attract butterflies, plant flowers that bloom in succession. Spring: Violets and Johnny jump-ups; Mid-Summer Purple coneflowers, Liatris and Bee balm; Late Summer: Asters and Sunflowers.

Feathery herbs, such as dill, fennel, and parsley are favorite host foods for larvae for black swallowtail butterflies. Include them in your herb garden.

Hollyhocks grown against a barn wall or fence will attract butterflies looking for nectar, and the wall will provide shelter from the wind.

If possible water your flowers by hand close to the ground rather than use a sprinkler. Butterflies are unable to feed while the sprinkler runs and water may dilute the flower nectar.

Flat stepping stones in your garden serve as ideal resting spots for butterflies to warm their wings for flight.

Grow many plants of one type together to create a solid block of color that butterflies can see easily. (red, purple, or yellow)

Include Lantana, Phlox, and Verbena in your butterfly garden. Nectar in these flowers is easily accessible because it is contained within short tubular flowers.

Native flowers, white clover, goldenrod and milkweed, are butterfly favorites. Milkweed is the only plant the monarch eats. Keep a milkweed - Grow a Monarch!

Not all butterfly species head south for the Winter. Some hibernate in leaf mulch and decaying trees. So do not rake all your leaves, save some for the butterflies.

 

Plants that Deer avoid in most Areas

Annuals

Ageratum

Castor Bean

Cleome

Chinese Forget Me Not

Cosmos

Dusty Miller

Flax

French Marigold

Marigolds

Periwinkle

Salvia

Signet Marigolds

Snapdragons

Sweet Alyssum

Wax Begonias

Zinnia

 

Perennials:

Astilbe

AsiaticLily

Bleeding Heart

Buttercup

Butterfly Weed

Clematis

Coneflower

Columbine

Coreopsis

Foxglove

Gay Feather

Globe Thistle

Hardy Geranium

Lambís Ear

Lungwort

Lupine

Marguerite Daisy

Monkhood

Oriental Poppy

Peony

Periwinkle (Myrtle)

Russian Sage

Rudbeckia

Sedum

Salvia

Veronica

Wisteria

Yarrow

Trees: 

Acer-Maple

Betula-Birch

Bradford Pear

Eastern Hornbeam

Eastern Red

Hawthorn

Beech

Ash

Ginko

Honeylocust

Larch

Sweetgum

Tulip Poplar

Magnolia

Spruce

Pin Oak

Common Cypress

 

Bulbs:

Allium

Daffodil

Lily of the Valley

Frittaleria

Herbs:

Bee Balm

Dill

Lavender

Mint

Sage

 

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