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Butterfly Garden Design |John Dromgoole |Central Texas Gardener

January 3, 2020

Hello gardening friends, I’m John Dromgoole. We’re out here in my butterfly garden today, just to kind of see what is going on. It’s a little bit of wet day so they’re not real active. This is a hameila, this is a beautiful little plant that some butterflies like but its really attractive to the hummingbirds. They really like this one, so its busy when they’re around here. Here’s some stuff that you might like, these are citrus. Now the citrus do attract the butterflies but they use them as a host and a host plant is necessary in a butterfly garden in order to have the caterpillars and in order to have the cycle out in the garden. So you expect a little bit of damage but the citrus is a great one. This is pipevine right here. These are the caterpillars. And they’re eating the plant up– that’s okay, they eat the plants and we’ve never had to replace the plants because they come back with great frequency and you need to have this in order to have that cycle of life in the garden. The pentas are another swallowtail plant. They come in all kinds of colors, they’re beautiful, easy to maintain and they grow most of the summer for us. So I like this one and they can all be grown organically. That’s very important so that the pollen isn’t toxic. And so the organic technique really lends itself to butterfly gardens. Let’s walk over here. You can grow a butterfly garden in containers also so if you have limited space, go ahead and use some containers. That little place right there, that looks like soil but its really granite. And that’s for puddling. Puddling is where they get their minerals and nutrients so you’ll see the butterflies down there in that particular place frequently. So you always have to have a little puddle pond in order for them to have some liquid and some minerals. More pentas right here. The pansies are another one that is a nectar source for the butterflies. So you can put those beautiful pansies in here in the fall and the mulch really helps us during the winter months to protect them. It’s an easy thing to do and its very decorative. Let’s walk over here a little ways. This is– these are larval and nectar plants. The zinna is a nectar plants. This is a zinna. It’s almost spent now but we have this full of zinnas during the growning season. Cabbage and kale and some of these other plants too. There are several collards and mustards– these are all good plants as larval plants. And so some times you see them in the garden and they have holes in them well, that’s okay. Because they are good plants for butterflies also. See the grasses, thats where they go during a storm. That’s a really important part of keeping these butterflies safe out here. Marigold, here’s another plant for fall. Really a great one. It’s beautiful and its used in many other ways. It’s beginning to get spent right now, but still, very important for the butterfly population. Mexican mint marigold. Here’s another hamelia. The hamelia’s are very interesting, they are herbaceous perennials. So that signs right there that you see, is what will happen in one year when it comes back from the root systems. So that’s another good one. There’s all kinds of butterflies in here. You kind of see them over there. For Backyard Basics, I’m John Dromgoole. I’ll see you next time.


  • Reply I Am Just One Mom May 21, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you! We would love to create a natural butterfly and hummingbird habitat full of the best plants for them. Your video was very helpful.

  • Reply J E August 26, 2019 at 12:44 am

    What hardiness zone, region are you in?

  • Reply FlowerFairy October 20, 2019 at 11:44 am


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