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Not only will these plants attract loads of butterflies, they will make your yard or garden more beautiful. After 27 years of trialing and growing here at our nursery, these are some of the favorites we will be offering for sale this spring.
Have you ever wondered, “What do butterflies eat?” Have you ever been curious about which local butterflies you can find in your own backyard?

Have you ever wondered, “What do butterflies eat?” Have you ever been curious about which local butterflies you can find in your own backyard? We have a diverse population here at Ironside.

Rudbeckia hirta  ‘Prairie Sun’  Exposure: Sun - Part/sun  Zones: All - Annual  Water: Average;  Deer Resistant;  **Grows to 2’ tall & wide & prefers a sunny locale. Pair with Asperula orientalis “Sweet Blue Woodruff” or plant in front of Pycnostachys urticifolia for a sassy contrast or with the purples of Caryopteris incana for a lovely complimentary planting to carry you through till Winter

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Prairie Sun' - lovely variety of "Black Eyed Susans" - only with green eyes. Love flowers that look like the sun.

Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia hirta) 'Cherokee Sunset'

Autumn Flowers

Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbeckia hirta) 'Cherokee Sunset' ~~ These are a type of Black eyed Susan, and are perennials. They spread quickly and in no time you can move them into other areas of your garden.

Liatris spicata also known as Blazing Star is a beautiful purple perennial.  Its grass like foliage and tall blooming spikes attract butterflies, birds and bees. Liatris is a great cut flower and is deer resistant.  Plant with Bee Balm and Black Eyed Susan’s for a vibrant garden. (Liatris spicata)

Liatris spicata also known as Blazing Star is a beautiful purple perennial. Its grass like foliage and tall blooming spikes attract butterflies, birds and bees. Liatris is a great cut flower and is deer resistant. Plant with Bee Balm and Black Eyed Susa

Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed from North Creek Nurseries

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) - on which monarch lays their eggs. Blossoms smell like jasmine!

Moonbeam Coreopsis  (Coreopsis  verticillata 'Moonbeam')

Moonbeam Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam') -soft yellow flowers with fine leaves, airy feeling, trails a bit, pair with pennstemon and euonymus-

Aster New York also known as Purple Aster blooms clusters of deep purple daisy like flowers. This native aster attracts all types of butterflies, birds, and bees to your garden. Purple Aster is deer resistant and thrives in full sun. Enjoy blooms in late summer and early fall.

Aster New York also known as Purple Aster blooms clusters of deep purple daisy like flowers. This native aster attracts all types of butterflies, birds, and bees to your garden. Purple Aster is deer resistant and thrives in full sun. Enjoy blooms in lat

Buddleia 'Miss Molly' butterfly plant- Try some of the newer varieties of butterfly plants like Miss Ruby, Adonis, Guinevere, Blue Chip or the Buzz or Flutterby series. They have larger more long lasting blooms and a smaller scale more suited to the border or foundation plantings

Miss Molly Buddleia Butterfly Bush attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds , plant this fast growing shrub in a sunny location

Asclepias tuberosa or Butterfly Weed - a favorite Long Island native wildflower. Loves a dry sandy sunny spot!

Create a garden for monarchs Fill your beds with plants that butterflies can use for food and habitat. (We carry a steady supply of pesticide free Butterfly Weed - host plant to the Monarch caterpillar.

Aster Raydons Favorite - beautiful clear blue flowers in Sept. & Oct.

aster oblongifolius October Skies grounded design by Thomas Rainer: Five Best Plants to Attract Wildlife

Longer blooming Lantana varieties

Slightly acidic soil-oak leaves pine needles water per week, avoid overhead watering,prune lightly in summer.Requires little fertilizer.

Echinacea Big Sky Sundown -Butterflies can't resist this glowing combo of salmons, golds, peach and pink and neither  can gardeners!

Find Big Sky Sundown Coneflower (Echinacea 'Big Sky Sundown') in Winnipeg Headingley Oak Bluff Manitoba MB at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Asclepias syriaca - Milkweed

Avoid tropical milkweed which can Sinead disease and disrupt lifecycles; Which Native Milkweeds Should You Plant for Monarch Butterflies?

Phlox paniculata Peacock White - A nice cooling white for early season June/July

Phlox paniculata Peacock White - A nice cooling white for early season June/July