New at FBTS: Rosy Drought-Resistant Butterfly Sun Mix
When gardening in a dry climate, especially during drought, careful selection of plants that tolerate low-water conditions is essential to success.
Flowers by the Sea grows many drought-tolerant salvias and companion plants. To make garden planning easier and to help you save some money, we've designed a number of discounted plant collections, including the new Rosy Drought-Resistant Sun Mix.
This FBTS plant collection combines the creamy pink flowers of Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and Indian Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa) with the deep lavender rose of Sonoran Sunset® Anise Hyssop (Agastache cana 'Sinning').
Why Butterflies Love This Mix
All of these plants are fine nectar sources for feeding butterflies, which are important pollinators in your garden. The agastache adds fragrance to the mix and attracts honeybees and hummingbirds as well as butterflies. Aside from feeding adult butterflies, the milkweeds are the only host plants on which Monarch butterflies lay their eggs.
Caterpillars from other species of butterflies also grow up on milkweeds, which have foliage containing powerful chemicals. When consumed during the larval stage, these chemicals protect butterflies lifelong against predators.
This heat-tolerant mix for full sun is also hardy. It's perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 5 to 9, which means the roots of these plants likely will survive winter temperatures down to -20 degrees F.
Although the milkweeds in this combo appreciate some supplemental watering when rainfall is scarce, err on the dry side and make sure your soil provides good drainage. Sonoran Sunset® Anise Hyssop is one of our blue tag xeric plants, which are particularly drought tolerant and easily damaged by overwatering.
Plant Collections & Container Gardening Kits
The Rosy Drought-Resistant Butterfly Sun Mix is one of many pre-planned Plant Collections offering discount prices on quality FBTS-grown plants, including other combos that thrive in dry conditions. We also offer a number of planter combinations called Container Kits.
If you have questions about any of our products, all of which we grow on our family farm in Northern California, please call or email us. We answer promptly.