FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(860) 496-9624 x6220
INVITE BUTTERFLIES TO VISIT YOUR GARDEN
White Flower Farm Says It Starts with the Right Flowers
Bringing butterflies into your garden is simply a matter of knowing what they like, and providing it. According to White Flower Farm (www.whiteflowerfarm.com), you'll want to offer butterflies nectar flowers throughout the growing season and food for their caterpillars. Butterflies also prefer protection from the wind and, because they're cold-blooded, need sunlight to warm their muscles.
Locate your butterfly garden in a sunny area within view of your window or terrace. A background of shrubs or a vine-covered trellis will give wind protection. Begin with three or four different plants that will provide nectar-rich blooms during the season -- this can include herbs grown in pots, such as Mint, Oregano, or Lavender. Butterflies seem to seek out plants that display many small flowers in platters (Coneflowers, Yarrow), in clusters (Asters, Goldenrod, Milkweed, Mint, Garden Phlox, Lilac), or spires (Lavender, Liatris, Buddleia). These provide landing platforms and something for butterflies to hold on to while feeding. Single large flowers also do this (Daylilies, Hibiscus, Hollyhock).
The gardeners at White Flower Farm also say that you can enhance your backyard by adding just a few butterfly favorites. Providing a more diverse habitat will attract more species. Damp areas where moisture-lovers like Bee Balm (Monarda) and Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium) thrive can include mud puddles for swallowtails and other butterflies that enjoy drinking muddy water for the salts it contains.
White Flower Farm offers a range of colorful plants that provide nectar for adult butterflies or food and shelter for their young. One of their particular favorites is long-blooming Echinacea. The Butterfly Buffet Collection features Coneflowers -- one with rosy-pink petals and the other, pure white – that contrast with Gayfeather's tall, fluffy flower stems in an informal, pastel garden of summer blooms. Other beneficial insects find the nectar irresistible, too. More favorites include Asclepias 'Gay Butterflies' ($11.95 each), Eupatorium 'Gateway' ($12.95 each), and the Butterfly Magnet Collection (11 plants for $109). These collections are available at whiteflowerfarm.com. For more information on butterfly flowers and host plants, visit http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/butterfly-gardening.html.
There's another bonus from creating a garden for butterflies -- birds will discover it, too! Birds enjoy many of the same qualities in a garden that butterflies do, so your efforts will be rewarded with other welcome visitors.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.
Please contact: Deborah Broide,
Deborah Broide Publicity,
White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including how-to videos. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site.
White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.