Are you wondering which of our beautiful plants attract that special visitor that you wish
to entice to your garden?
I have taken our Avonlea inventory and identified those plants that attract
butterflies, bees, beneficials and birds – and those that keep deer away. The list
is available for download – just click the button above!
The butterfly, bee, beneficial insect and bird lists were compiled using information
from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which lists information provided
from the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Information from research-based university websites was used as well. Plants
marked “yes” under butterflies and moths indicate the plant is used for nectar,
and/or possibly as a larval host plant. (I feel another list coming soon!)
If the column titled “Beneficial Insects” is marked “Yes”, this means that according to
the Xerces Society, the plant “Supports Conservation Biological Control” or is “a
plant that attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects.”
The plant is an all-natural pesticide! You want this in your garden!
The deer challenges list was compiled using information from Rutgers University,
the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and other university
extension research-based websites. Please note that defining a plant as “deer
resistant” is rather tenuous; when deer are hungry and there is nothing else to eat,
they will often turn to plants thought to be deer resistant. Because of that, and
due to testing in differing environmental situations, often these reliable resources
were in conflict with each other as to deer resistance. Sometimes you just have to
take a leap (like the deer we are trying to protect our plants from!) and try it out
in your own garden.
And of course, these lists are by no means meant to be all inclusive. I have listed
only plants that we offer. Please see our website for our stock and pricing.