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Planting for the bees and butterflies: Native plant sale next week

Monarch butterflies on a blazing star liatris, one of the plants that will be for sale at FloraKansas.
Monarch butterflies on a blazing star liatris, one of the plants that will be for sale at FloraKansas. Tribune

You can buy native plants, including those to host and feed bees and butterflies, next week at FloraKansas at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston.

“Like the last several years, our focus is going to be on plants that attract pollinators, and we’re going to have a good selection of milkweeds to help the monarch population,” arboretum director Scott Vogt said.

“It is a focus that I think people are interested in because of beehive collapse and reduced habitat for pollinators, specifically monarchs,” he continued.

The sale also will feature native plants for people interested in low-maintenance, self-sustaining landscape. Native plants still need maintenance, but will save on water and time.

Plants for sale will be not only native and adaptable perennials but grasses, shrubs, vines, trees, hostas and ferns. Several types of milkweed to host and feed monarch butterflies will be among those for sale, as will plants for shade as well as sun.

For a successful butterfly garden, don’t plant a single plant, but plant groups of the same plant together, horticulturist Ward Upham wrote in this week’s Horticulture 2016 newsletter from K-State. Also check bloom times to be sure you have plants that will be in flower throughout the growing season, he said.

Arboretum staff members will be on hand to help with native-landscape design and plant selection during FloraKansas.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23, noon to 4 p.m. April 24, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25. The sale will open first for members only from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday. People can join that day to participate in the early sale.

Admission is free. To see a list of the plants that will be for sale and for other information, go to the website dyckarboretum.org.

The arboretum is at 177 W. Hickory St. in Hesston. Phone: 620-327-8127.

Annie Calovich: 316-268-6596, @anniecalovich

2 more ways to attract butterflies

A couple of other things that will help butterflies love your garden:

1. A basking stone. It can simply be a small, flat rock that gets direct sunshine early in the day. It’s a place for them to warm up and prepare for their day.

2. A mineral puddle. Put a shallow pan of wet, coarse sand near your nectar plants. They will drink water and gain minerals.

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Keep blooms coming all summer

Perennials and shrubs can be split into those that bloom early, mid-season and late, Ward Upham writes in K-State’s Horticulture 2016 newsletter. Choose from plants such as these he gives in each category to keep flowers for butterflies in your garden all summer:

Early: Allium, chives, forget-me-not, lilac

Mid: Bee balm, butterfly bush, black-eyed Susan, buttonbush, butterfly weed, daisy, daylily, gaillardia, lavender, lily, mint, phlox, privet, sunflower, veronica

Late: Aster, glossy abelia and sedum.