One philosophy of landscape designers is to plant large sweeps of one color for a bold eye catching display. They also say to have a limited number of plant varieties in a yard. Now I don’t follow either of those landscape rules. Not that I doubt their validity. It just that I prefer a cottage garden look.
In my opinion, one of the best plants to draw butterflies is Gregg’s Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium Greggii). But even large groups of them aren’t that impressive except for all the activity of beautiful butterflies darting all around.
Some plants like this Russian Sage grew and spread beyond what I had expected. Putting one tiny plant in the ground, I certainly did not leave enough room for them to expand. So they are wedged between Earthkind® Roses and Salvia Greggi.
Last year we planted five along one edge of a bed. I had planned to put something else along the other edge. I tried some irises, but it looked lopsided after their blooms ended. So these are to fill in to make one larger group of roses.
Sometimes groups of flowers can be small but their brilliant color still grabs one’s attention. This Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) came from a friend. Many stems have been cut and rooted and shared.
Note the thorns on the stems. I have a cheap pair of kitchen tongs I use to handle them. Most of these stems will be cut off soon because it is too difficult to put the pot in the shed without tearing skin.
Gorgeous clusters of bright red from this Bougainvillea, still blooming in late October, steals the spotlight. It also has thorns and will need to be repotted in a larger container as well as trimmed back.
Whatever your garden style is, just enjoy it.
“Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.” unknown