I live in CA, Zone 9. I will be helping a friend this spring plant in
her backyard and I will need to include some shade loving plants as
well as we want to attract butterflys.
She has a large redwood and a large palm tree in the area we want to
work in. The area does get a lot of sahde but some sun.
Redwood and a plam? Talk about night and day. A picture would help a
lot but I would suggest Heuchera
it comes in purple foliage to green and pink red and white flowers
depending on leaf color. Asparagus fern sprengeri and or myersi
In the sunny spots scabiosa is a great plant
It is going to be difficult to attract butterflies into to the shade
of a redwood,
as BFs are sun lovers. Therefore, most of the flowers they love are
Anyway, here's a list of things in my zone 9, NorCal garden that BFs
You can see what you can do with them. (Don't forget containers which
can be moved in and out of the sun)
Buddleia, Butterfly Bush (can take some shade)
Any flat, daisy-like flower: Zinnia, Black eyed Susan, Aster,
Salvias especially blue/purple
Milkweed (butterfly weed)
Good luck with your freinds garden
A minor caution. I put in some attractive-to-butterfly plants and was a
little dismayed to find that the bee to butterfly ratio was about 100 to 1.
I didn't mind the bees, but some visitors did.
All the advertised plants seem to work; just don't go overboard would be my
I can't do that to the neighbor - he would take it as retaliatory. He
still hasn't forgiven me for accusing him years ago of chemical warfare,
i.e. Roundup on a windy day.
Actually, as Ann noted, there are fewer bees around lately so the
"problem" is less, to the detriment of the bees, of course.
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