Dianthus for Butterflies

Azaleas are about spent, except for ‘Alabamense’ native. Poppies and roses are blooming, neither of which attract butterflies. The main attraction here is dianthus, both Sweet William and Bath’s Pink. Three spicebush swallowtails were nectaring on this patch of Bath’s Pinks this morning. Dianthus will hold us over until blossoms of Silene and Verbena bonariensis, which will bloom soon.



  1. glenda (gldno1)

     /  April 9, 2009

    Nell, I love the naturalistic look of your beds….my kind of gardening!No butterflies here…..today overcast 54° with a drizzly rain falling.I can almost smell the pinks.

  2. Chandramouli S

     /  April 8, 2009

    I recently saw a swallowtail here too, only I couldn’t capture it. That’s a beautiful bed, Nell.

  3. Tom - 7th Street Cottage

     /  April 8, 2009

    I wintersowed pinks this year. Can’t wait to see them bloom next spring. I really like watching the progression you get in your gardens. It gives me lots of ideas for things I can grow too.

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