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Attract loads of butterflies to your garden with our excellent selection of nectar producing butterfly plants. From Porterweed, Butterfly Bushes, Butterfly Weed, Lantana, Vitex, to Pentas as well as many other beautiful and free flowering nectar producing plants that are sure to bring these fluttering wonders into your garden from spring to fall.

 

This easy Garden Phlox produces large domed clusters of dark-eyed, light pink, fragrant flowers on tall sturdy stems with mildew resistant foliage. The show starts in early summer and may continue nearly until the first frost with this reliable and fragrant Garden Phlox if deadheaded. Phlox is adored by butterflies and hummingbirds alike! John Fanick, named for the Texas nurseryman, is only one of a handful of Garden Phlox varieties recommended for southern gardens by noted Texas plantsman Greg Grant. Item# 10267

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Katie Pink Dwarf Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Katie Pink', R. brittoniana, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

Katy Dwarf Pink Mexican Petunia is a lovely dwarf perennial that produces loads of pink trumpet shaped flowers tucked in among the narrow dark green glossy foliage from spring to frost on a compact low mounding plant. This durable perennial makes a great border, groundcover, or makes a great addition to containers. The flowers of Ruellias attract bees, butterflies, and even the occassional hummingbird although they would not be as likely to get this near the ground. Where winters experience freezing temperatures (zones 8A-9B) this tough little tropical perennial may freeze back to near ground level but generally readily returns in spring once soil temperatures begin to warm. Item# 917

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Kickin® Carmine Red Aster, Dwarf New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'KICKIN™ Carmine Red', Aster novae-angliae 'KICKIN™ Carmine Red' PPAF

Hundreds of 1" wide carmine red daisies with a yellow eye literally cover these plants for weeks beginning in late summer and continuing into mid fall. The Kickin™ Asters are dense well-branched mounding plants with fine textured narrow foliage that require no pinching or pruning to get this form of the New England Aster to produce mum-like plants for an extended show of color late in the season. Use these perennials where you would normally buy Chrysanthemums whether as part of the perennial border, landscape, or as container plants. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide Kickin™ Carmine Red Asters with a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. We have trialed these in the nursery and they have simply been unflinching in our heat and humidity with a few scattered flowers already beginning in early August of 2020. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12208

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Kickin® Lavender Aster, Dwarf New England Aster

Aster 'KICKIN™ Lavender' PPAF

Hundreds of 1" wide lavender daisies with a yellow eye literally cover these plants for weeks beginning in late summer and continuing into mid fall. The Kickin® Lavender Asters are dense well-branched mounding plants with fine textured narrow foliage that require no pinching or pruning to get this form of the New England Aster to produce mum-like plants for an extended show of color late in the season. Use these perennials where you would normally buy Chrysanthemums whether as part of the perennial border, landscape, or as container plants. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12018

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Klaus Jiletto Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jiletto'

Huge bluish purple cornflower-like daisies are born in spring to early summer on this durable and reliable US native perennial. Klaus Jiletto has some of the largest flowers of any Stokesia Daisy cultivar. This is a highly recommended clump forming native perennial and it's easy to see why with moderate drought resistance, few pest or disease problems, deer and rabbit resistance and it revels in the heat and sun of our southern summers. Plants readily multiply into dense clumps. Super easy and tough. Item# 11220

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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The full, rounded, funnel shaped, rich rosy red flowers are randomly marbled with splashes of white, but can also be solid red, pink, or near solid white, are produced in mid to late spring attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Kobai #2 Evergreen Azalea, a.k.a Red Plum, is a rare Satsuki hybrid with a dwarf compact, naturally rounded mound forming habit making this a popular choice for bonsai but it is equally desirable in the garden and landscape where its multi-colored flowers are sure to make a big splash. Provide your evergreen Azaleas with a well-drained, average moist, humus rich, acid soil and topdress with an organic mulch for the best results. Item# 12574

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The dark coppery to burgundy colored cloak of foliage is topped by a summer long display of large full light pink to near white flowers that are delicately marked with darker pink veining and a burgundy eye. A truly remarkable contrast that is impossible to miss in the landscape! A clump forming moisture loving perennial, Kopper King's compact habit and dark foliage make it a stand out when sited behind Louisiana Irises or next to the chartreuse foliage of Maui Gold Elephant Ears. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10925

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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16-24" high spikes of red orange buds open to pastel orange 1" long tubular flowers that fade to a light lavender pink as they age creating the soft multi-color ambrosia-like effect. Another excellent dwarf Agastache, Kudos™ Ambrosia Dwarf Hummingbird Mint develops into a mound of gray green rounded fragrant foliage from which the numerous spikes of flowers emerge beginning in spring and lasting well into fall. The nectar rich flowers attract a seemingly endless array of hummingbirds and larger butterflies. The compact habit of this Agastache lends it to use in containers where the pollinators can be drawn in close or add it to the garden and landscape in small groupings or in mass for a continuous show of color. Periodic removal of spent flower spikes will help to keep the plants looking clean and fresh as well as to help make way for new flower spikes. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. www.terranovanurseries.com. Item# 11650

Grows To: 12-24"H x 10-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Spikes of orange tubular flowers tower over the fragrant gray-green foliage of this compact free flowering Agastache from late spring to fall attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees with its nectar rich rewards. Kudos™ Mandarin Dwarf Hummingbird Mint is a compact growing and exceptionally free flowering Agastache well suited to any sunny well-drained garden or container combo. Excellent drainage is key for winter survivability. New for 2017! Item# 11265

Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Intense true red 1" long tubular flowers adorn dense 12-24" high spikes atop the gray green fragrant foliage of this dwarf Agastache beginning in spring and continuing well into fall. Kudos™ Red Dwarf Hummingbird Mint is a true hummingbird magnet and the compact habit of this Agastache lends it to use in containers where you can draw these aerial acrobats for up close viewing as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained soil for optimum health and flowering. Periodic removal of spent flower spikes will help to keep the plants looking clean and fresh as well as to make way for new flower spikes. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. www.terranovanurseries.com, all rights reserved. Item# 11649

Grows To: 12-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Sunny yellow 1" long tubular flowers adorn dense 18-24" high spikes atop the gray green fragrant foliage of this dwarf Agastache beginning in spring and continuing well into fall. Kudos™ Yellow Dwarf Hummingbird Mint is a true hummingbird magnet and the compact habit of this Agastache lends it to use in containers where you can draw these aerial acrobats for up close viewing as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained soil for optimum health and flowering. Periodic removal of spent flower spikes will help to keep the plants looking clean and fresh as well as to make way for new flower spikes. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. www.terranovanurseries.com, all rights reserved. Item# 12050

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Lace-Leaf Vitex, Cut-Leaf Vitex

Vitex negundo 'Heterophylla'

Beautifully cut medium green deeply cut lacy foliage that is reminiscent of the delicately cut foliage of some Japanese Maples adorns this vigorous 'Chaste Tree'. 6-8" spikes of lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees are borne in summer. The Lace-Leaf Vitex is considered by many to be the most hardy of the Chaste Trees.  Item# 787.

Grows To: 15-20'H x 15-25'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

The large pink, dark-eyed flowers of Lady Baltimore Hibiscus are sure to make a statement in the late spring and summer garden. This root hardy, die-back perennial has a compact 5' x 5' habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average moist to wet soils. Lord and Lady Baltimore Hibiscus are the earliest flowering cultivars that we grow. Item# 10318.

Grows To: 5'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Tickseed

Coreopsis lanceolata

1-1/2 to 2" wide golden yellow, orange-eyed, upward facing daisies are held well above the narrow foliage of this easy native wildflower starting in spring and lasting well into summer. Lanceleaf Coreopsis is an excellent choice for naturalizing in meadows, prairies, roadsides, and natural areas. The sunny flowers provide nectar and pollen to a variety of smaller pollinators like native bees and the ripe seedheads provide forage for songbirds and other fauna. Lanceleaf Coreopsis is used as a cut flower and is considered to be deer and rabbit resistant. This clump forming native perennial generally does best in well-drained soils in a full to mostly sunny position. Item# 10510

Grows To: 16-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Landscape Bandana® Clementine Lantana

Lantana 'Landscape Bandana Clementine' PPAF?

We are in love with the color and vigor of this new Lantana! The rounded flower clusters open golden yellow and deepen through shades of orange as they age all atop a mounding plant growing to 18"H x 36"W. Landscape Bandana® Clementine Lantana was selected it for its low mounding habit and golden orange, nectar rich flowers. Its mounding to trailing habit lend this selection to use as a groundcover or for near the front of the garden and landscape as well as for use as a spiller or filler in containers. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Syngenta© Flowers, all rights reserved. Item# 12412

Grows To: 18-24"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Landscape Bandana® Pink Lantana (Trailing, Pink)

Lantana camara 'Landscape Bandana Pink' PPAF

Clusters of nectar rich flowers open a creamy yellow and deepen to nice rosey pink on a trailing to mounding plant. Landscape Bandana® Pink Lantana was selected for its low trailing to mounding habit, rich color, reduced seed set, and increased reliability. The new Landscape Bandana® Lantanas show improved hardiness, a low mounding habit, drought resistance, and require little to no deadheading to keep them flowering continuously throughout the growing season. Item# 11215

Grows To: 18"H x 36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Multitudes of 3-4" wide golden yellow daisies with a tan to dark brown 'eye' sit atop sturdy 18-24" stems and are produced in late spring to early summer and may repeat if deadheaded. The Large-Flower or Rough Coneflower, Rudbeckia grandiflora, is a tough and easy to grow clump forming perennial that can produce 80 or more flowering stems per clump once mature. This is probably one of the most underutilized native perennials as it has one of the most uniform habits of the native Coneflowers, it is long-lived and it can tolerate the moist to wet settings of acid bogs as well as short periods of drought once well-established. This is one of the major components of our Once-Mown Meadows here onsite. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Deer and rabbit resistant and the flowers attract a variety of smaller pollinators. Item# 9885

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

The large rounded to pyramidal clusters of 1" wide lavender flowers with a purple halo surrounding a white eye are produced atop sturdy 30" high stems beginning in early summer and may continue into early fall under good conditions. Laura Garden Phlox, a selection of Phlox paniculata, has shown to have good disease and mite resistance in trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. A.k.a. Summer or Fall Phlox, these are easy clump forming native perennials that provide good color and ample nectar through summer once fully established. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, fertile, acidic, well-drained soil rich in organic matter for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12312

 

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Lavender Cascade Butterfly Bush

Buddleja 'Lavender Cascade' PPAF

The large lavender clusters, to 3" wide and 8-10" long, composed of tiny fragrant nectar rich flowers adorn the weeping stems of this fountaining Butterfly Bush in summer and fall. Lavender Cascade Buddleia is a vigorous hybrid and a 2018 Walter's Gardens introduction developed by crossing Buddleia davidii with Buddleia lindleyana. The flowers attract loads of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Smaller in stature and flower size than Grand Cascade Butterfly Bush. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11635

Grows To: 5-6'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz./ 591 ml
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Lavender Kickin™ Aster, Dwarf New England Aster

Symphiotrichum novae-angliae 'KICKIN™ Lavender', Aster novae-angliae 'KICKIN™ Lavender' PPAF

Hundreds of 1" wide lavender daisies with a yellow eye literally cover these plants for weeks beginning in late summer and continuing into mid fall. The Kickin™ Asters are dense well-branched mounding plants with fine textured narrow foliage require no pinching or pruning to get this form of the New England Aster to produce mum-like plants for an extended show of color late in the season. Use these perennials where you would normally buy Chrysanthemums whether as part of the perennial border, landscape, or as container plants. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Item# 12018

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Lavender Porterweed

Stachytarpheta 'Lavender'

Nectar-rich, light purple flowers are produced continuously from spring to fall on tall spikes that butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds cannot seem to resist! Lavender Porterweed is a medium to large growing exceptionally full and vigorous Porterweed was once considered to be a purple form of the highly popular Coral Porterweed although we have learned that this is a sterile or nearly sterile hybrid cultivar. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming nearly all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 483

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Lecompte Vitex is noted for its extra large 8-12" spikes of purple-blue flowers that are born from late spring to fall. This is a vigorous and disease free and drought tolerant spreading to upright deciduous shrub or small tree that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Lecompte Vitex is another excellent introduction from noted plant breeder and author Greg Grant. A highly recommended 'Texas Lilac' selection of Vitex. (#9128 is another great selection !!) Item# 9167.

Grows To: 15'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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From near white to lavender to rich purple long-lasting bracts subtend the whorls of tubular white, lavender, to purple nectar rich flowers beginning as early as late spring and continuing well into summer and into fall under good conditions. The stems are adorned with lemony to bergamot scented narrow foliage. Lemon Beebalm is a moderately drought resistant native annual species found throughout much of the central and eastern US. It readily reseeds on exposed soils and makes a good addition to naturalized areas like meadows, prairies, and roadside plantings. The tubular flowers attract a variety of bees, butterflies, as well as hummingbirds. Plants typically die after flowering and seed development is complete. Deer, rabbit, and pest resistant. Item# 11730

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: Annual, grows in 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 16-24"H x 6-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar' PP22397

This Black-Eyed Susan gets a gold star for flower power! An improved truly dwarf selection of the award winning Goldsturm, Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan produces loads of dark eyed golden yellow daisies on well branched sturdy stems beginning in summer and continuing into fall. All on a neat and tidy compact native perennial with deep green foliage that is deer and drought resistant once established. LIttle Goldstar Rudbeckia lends itself to use in formal settings, mass plantings, as well as for a bright spot of summer long color in less formal perennial gardens and landscapes. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10920

Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

This easy Garden Phlox produces large domed clusters of dark-eyed, light pink, fragrant flowers on tall sturdy stems with mildew resistant foliage. The show starts in early summer and may continue nearly until the first frost with this reliable and fragrant Garden Phlox if deadheaded. Phlox is adored by butterflies and hummingbirds alike! John Fanick, named for the Texas nurseryman, is only one of a handful of Garden Phlox varieties recommended for southern gardens by noted Texas plantsman Greg Grant. Item# 10267

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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