Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

The dream was for an inviting retreat, a garden where both children and butterflies could rest and be nurtured, a place where our little lambs could frolic and learn. The butterfly garden took six years of planning before it became a reality.

The head, thorax, and abdomen are made of colored cement. The wings are stacking stones, creating a wall for the children to sit upon and observe the wonders of the winged creatures that visit. Edging creates beds on both sides of the body and provides a grass pathway through the garden. Repurposed toilet floats serve as antennas.


The following plants are found in the garden:
Purple Coneflower - Echinaceae purpurea  (N)
Verbena - Verbena bonariensis  (N)
Lantana - Lantana camara various (N)
Penta - Penta lanceolata  (N)
Yarow - Achillea x ‘Coronation Gold’ (N)
Butterfly Bush - Buddleia ‘Black Knight’ (N)
Azure Sage - Salvia grandiflora  (N, H)
Sweet Viburnum - Viburnum odoratissimum (N, H)
Southern Gaura - Gaura angustifolia  (N)
Stokes Aster - Stokesia laevis   (N)
Mickey Mouse or Bat Face - Cuphea   (N)
Salvia - Salvia x Superba ‘May Knight’ (N)
Thrift - Phlox stolonifera  (N)
Cup Plant - Silphium perfoliatum
Bog Salvia - Salvia Uliginosa  (N)
Parsley       (H)
Butterfly Weed – various Asclepia (N, H)
Fennel       (H)
Dill       (H)
Tulip Poplar - Populus    (H)
Swamp Marsh Mallow - Kosteletskya virginica  (N)
Blue Porterweed  - Stachytarpheta urticifolia(considered invasive in FL) (N)
Clethra Summersweet - Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (N)
  Salvia guaranitica ‘Purple Majesty’  (N)
Mexican Sage - Salvia leucantha  (N)
Indigo Spires Sage     (N)
Passion flower - Passiflora incarnata (H, N)

N - Nectar Source    H - Host Plant