Learn how to support pollinators with native plants in Illinois.
This garden offers a diversity of native plants that will create an explosion of life, color, and most importantly, BUTTERFLIES in your very own yard!
Oxford Botanic Garden, Autumn Border, Sandra Pope, Nori Pope
A Guide to Perennial Placement in the Garden. Brilliant. by kelly.meli
Wildflower: Heath Aster (Aster ericoides) Not only does Heath Aster produce a blizzard of bright white flowers in late summer and early fall, it will thrive on the driest sandy and gravelly soils. Creeping slowly by rhizomes to form small "bushes," Aster ericoides is one of our longest lived Asters. Plant with Sky Blue Aster and Smooth Aster for a great fall show.
The stems of this showy Blazing Star Flower are 2-5 ft. tall, and nearly half of this is the flower spike. Native to Central Oklahoma this perennial blooms mostly in Fall and is drought tolerant. Paired with the Purple Cone Flower this is the perfect addition to your butterfly garden.
Culver's Root- This is a perfect perennial for the back of the border. White, pink, or blue blooms adorn tall stems in summer. It pairs beautifully with cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica). Name: Veronicastrum virginicum- Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist soil. Size: To 5 feet tall, Zones: 4-7
Joe-Pye. Native wildflower. Full Sun Joe Pye is a showstopper producing huge, rose-pink, puffy flower heads in late summer. It prefers moist soils, but with its extensive root system, it also tolerates drought well. Attractive to pollinators, grows 4-6 feet tall & 3-4 feet wide. Deer resistant.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Bloom Period: July-August Bloom Color: Pink Height: 2-3 ft Location: Sun-Part-sun Quick draining soil only