Everyone loves butterflies and the best way to attract them is to plant what they love. Here in my garden it is Abelia. A semi deciduous (deciduous means it keeps its leaves in the fall) shrub that grows to around 7 feet tall. They are in the honeysuckle family so this means that the flowers are scented. This shrb loves the heat of the south. So give this shrub a spot in your butterfly garden.
I wish you could see all the butterflies...the kids and I counted them and there were over TWENTY!
They glow at night! I had to tie them to the trellis they just got too big...and they smell like heaven.
They even glow in the dark!
These flowers are very easy to grow, they are planted on the south side where they get full sun all day long. They stand at the perfect hight for getting a good whif. They do need steaking as the get very tall and the flower heads get heavy.
Has the drought got your garden wilting? I found a trick that kept my tomatoes juicy and plump during the Souths drought. In fact all my plants thrived.
The trick is Dew...yep, Dew. Mother Nature wasn't providing it so I had to make it myself. I bought a pump sprayer and went out every morning and misted everything. Once a month I would add compost tea < click for instructions. (a liquid that you make from compost) there are also liquid organic fertilizer's available you can purchase.