Wendy's Pick

The owner of Green Gate Farms has announced that the greenhouse portion of Green Gate Farms will be closing at the end of October. We are thankful for the extended time to say good-bye to our customers, many of whom are dear friends. 

We have both groundcover and perennials still available and 2900 mums growing outside for September so be sure to check out our Availability each week.

Thank you for being so awesome!

Wendy

 

 

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Want a butterfly garden? Here are tips from the Missouri Botanical Garden!

Plant your garden in full sun 

Plants, especially flowering plants, need sun to make food for themselves and nectar for butterflies.  Butterflies also need sun to warm their bodies for flight. 

Plant butterfly-attracting flowers 
Butterflies are attracted to flowers with strong scents and bright colors where they drink sweet, energy-rich nectar. Select plants that are native to your area and they will attract local butterflies.

Include host plants in your garden 
Butterflies lay their eggs on host plants that the emerging caterpillars will eat. The sight of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis will more than make up for the chewed leaves. Examples are dill, fennel, milkweed, and willow.

Use colorful plants 
Butterflies see more colors than humans do. They seem to prefer red, orange, yellow, purple and dark pink. A large, colorful garden is easy for butterflies to find and encourages them to stay longer.

Don't use chemical pesticides 
Pesticides kill butterflies, caterpillars and other useful insects.  Try these methods instead: 

  • plant marigolds, petunias, mint and other herbs that naturally repel pests
  • encourage ladybugs and dragonflies to dine in your garden
  • wash pests away with insecticidal soap.

Learn about native butterflies 
Each butterfly has a favorite nectar plant and needs a specific host plant where it will lay eggs.  Learn about local butterflies, so you can provide the right match of plants to make your garden a popular hangout.

Sit back and enjoy the butterflies 
You've set the stage; now watch the show. You won't be disappointed.

Plants for Birds:

Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea)

Coneflowers are a tried-and-true garden staple, and wildlife are drawn to them, too. These beautiful blooms attract butterflies and other pollinators during the summer and provide seeds for goldfinches and other birds in the fall.

Milkweed (Asclepias)

Milkweed is best known for hosting monarch butterfly caterpillars, but they attract loads of insects that are great for birds, too. Bonus: the flowers are gorgeous. Some birds use the fiber from the milkweed to spin nests for its chicks. Goldfinches, and other birds, also use the downy part of the seed to line their nests.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

The cardinal flower’s bright red petals resemble the flowing robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals, after which it was named. While few insects can navigate the long tubular flowers, hummingbirds feast on the cardinal flower’s nectar with their elongated beaks.

Blue False Indigo (Baptisia)

These pretty flowers look like pea blossoms and are usually blue. A single plant can grow to be 5 feet high and 2 feet wide. Baptisia sprouts interesting seedpods that will bring in the birds.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Birds adore this garden classic. The traditional black-eyed Susan has a dark center and bright-yellow petals, but now there are a few new color combos to choose from. Grow in full sun to light shade for blooms in summer through autumn. House finches, chickadees and American goldfinches will feed on the seed heads.

Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Nectar-rich blooms appeal to hummingbirds and butterflies, while the seeds provide food for sparrows, chickadees, finches and other seed-eating birds. Plant drought-tolerant coreopsis in full sun.

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)

Liatris shines in late spring through summer. It attracts hummingbirds to its spikes of lavender, rose or white blossoms. American goldfinches, tufted titmice and other seed eaters savor its seed heads.

Yarrow (Achillea)

Flattened clusters of tiny flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, while the seeds of yarrow appeal to many songbirds.

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)

With full tufts of fuzzy flower spikes that turn into natural birdseed, fountain grass seems to be heaven-sent. One or more of its many varieties, which reach 2 to 5 feet, will add charm to your backyard wildlife habitat.

Goldenrod (Solidago)

All it takes is a few goldenrod plants to light up your garden in late summer, and provide birds a continual food source. Also, give the plants plenty of room to spread. They won’t disappoint, especially as many other plants fade

Sedum (Stonecrop)

Just when your other plants begin their fall decline, Autumn Joy sedum will take the spotlight with its brightening star-shaped blooms. Most sedums are hardy in all but the coldest climates. The late-autumn seed heads attract birds, including finches and chickadees, so don’t cut them back until spring.

Prairie Dropseed (sporobolus heterolepis)

Used for both cover and nesting habitat by grassland birds.  Seeds are consumed by many birds in late summer and winter.

Aster, New England

More than one hundred or more species of caterpillars may feed on asters, which provide food for breeding birds.  Finches and wild turkey are known to feed on the seeds.

Plants that attract butterflies

  • Allium
  • Ajuga
  • Aster
  • Baptisia
  • Bee balm
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Blanket Flower
  • Butterfly bush
  • Catmint
  • Coneflower
  • Cosmos
  • Daylily
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Goldenrod
  • Hollyhock
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Liatris
  • Marigold
  • Milkweed
  • Nasturtium
  • Oregano
  • Phlox
  • Queen Anne's lace
  • Russian Sage
  • Sage/Salvia
  • Scabiosa
  • Shasta daisy
  • Stonecrop
  • Tickseed
  • Verbena
  • Veronica
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia

Plants that attract bees

  • Allium
  • Aster
  • Basil
  • Bee balm
  • Bergamot
  • Blanket flower
  • Catmint
  • Clover
  • Coneflower
  • Cosmos
  • Four o'clock
  • Gaillardia
  • Geranium
  • Globe thistle
  • Goldenrod
  • Hyssop
  • Joe-pye weed
  • Lavender
  • Lupine
  • Marjoram
  • Milkweed
  • Mint
  • Paint brush
  • Poppy
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sunflower
  • Thyme
  • Verbena
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia

Plants that attract hummingbirds

  • Ajuga
  • Bee balm
  • Begonia
  • Bleeding heart
  • Butterfly weed
  • Canna
  • Cardinal flower
  • Century plant
  • Columbine
  • Coral bells 
  • Cleome
  • Crapemyrtle
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus
  • Four o' clocks
  • Foxglove
  • Fuchsia
  • Geranium
  • Gladiolus
  • Hollyhocks
  • Hosta
  • Impatiens
  • Iris
  • Lantana
  • Liatris
  • Lily
  • Lupine
  • Nasturtium
  • Paintbrush
  • Penstemon
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • Scabiosa
  • Scarlet sage
  • Sweet William
  • Verbena
  • Yarrow
  • Yucca
  • Zinnia