September is the most beautiful month in my garden, with October a close second, and one of the reasons is all of the butterflies and moths. They capture my imagination and draw me out into the garden every day. This post is for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by Carol Michel each month. Thank you, Carol!
I often write about butterflies in September. [Click on the photos in the galleries to make them larger.]
I’ve been in love with Gregg’s mistflower, Conoclinium greggii, all summer. I love its leaves, and I appreciate its blue flowers that bring in Queen butterflies. Before planting it, I didn’t have so many. The Queen is a Monarch mimic, and so is the Viceroy. I saw a Monarch, a Queen, and a Viceroy all in the same border yesterday. I couldn’t get a photo of the Viceroy quick enough. They can be quite skittery.
If I could entice you to plant Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ I would. If you deadhead it in summer, it will produce a whole new crop of flowers. It almost can’t be beaten for attracting all pollinators, and it’s a pretty blue besides. It likes sandy soil, not clay.
Porterweed, or false vervain, Stachytarpheta hyb., in all its iterations is a great plant for butterflies. I have this purple one in the border next to my kitchen door, but I also planted ‘Nectarwand Red’ in my garden facing the street. It really brings in butterflies and hummingbirds. My last post was ten plants to attract hummingbirds.
All of the various Phlox paniculata are starting to look a little rough around the edges, but they are still feeding pollinators. I love their long-blooming flowers that often feature in three months of bloom days. Next spring, if you live nearby, write me, and I’ll share some of my phlox with you. I always pull out some of it because it spreads, but I’ve never had anyone who didn’t love this plant. I have three or four varieties, but I love ‘John Fanick,’ ‘Bright Eyes’ and my passalong pink the best.
Carol and I have a new podcast episode today reminding all of us to take time to watch the butterflies.
Well, that’s pretty much it for Bloom Day. I hope you enjoyed the quotes and photos of flowers, butterflies, bees, and my single hummingbird. If you’d like to read this month’s newsletter about making Hell cozy, here you go. In spite of the beautiful photos, this was not an easy gardening year. Don’t worry, the newsletter will make you laugh.
I’m off to refresh my containers for fall, and to plant a few pansies and violas I bought today. I hope you’re all happy and healthy.