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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith | 1-2-3 Done! - How to Create a Butterfly Herb Garden | PBS

Duration: 01:32
Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

One of the pleasures I enjoy about a garden is watching all the wildlife that comes to visit. I am particularly fond of those little acrobats of the sky, butterflies. Creating a butterfly sanctuary is fun and easy. There are two kinds of plants you will need to grow in your butterfly garden; food plants for the caterpillars and nectar plants for the adult butterflies Some herbs have a bloom season, but a lot of herbs bloom continuously throughout the season which makes them especially good in a butterfly garden. Good nectar herbs include oregano, pineapple sage, garlic chives, bee balm, catnip, sage, mint, and thyme. Good host plants are fennel, dill, parsley, and basil. I started with a large terra cotta container and filled it with a good quality soil. I used cinnamon basil, bee balm, parsley and dill from Bonnie Plants. After planting each one in the container, I gave it a good shot of water. Be sure to place your container in a nice sunny location, the herbs and butterflies will be glad you did, plus, you'll enjoy seeing Mother Nature's beauty hard at work!

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Post Date: May 3, 2011