Blog Banner

Habitual Gardener

Promoting healthy garden habits and habitats
Perennial Flowers
swamp milkweed IG

Swamp Milkweeds for Monarchs

One of my favorite perennial milkweeds for gardens is swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata . Despite its uncharasmatic name swamp milkweed does fine in the back of the flower garden, as long as it is not too dry or crowded. Monarchs love this milkweed and its rosy pink flowers on 3-4 foot tall stems. Swamp milkweed does best near lakes, ponds or ditches that flood periodically and is fabulo...

Read More >

idea garden 008

When is a garden a natural area?

The line between gardens and natural areas has always been pretty blurry to me.  I doubt the buckeye butterfly that visits the sedum in my garden loses even one wing scale worrying about whether he is in a garden or a natural area. He just wants a meal. My garden is as much about what shows up in it as it is about what I plant in it. Join me as I plan and plant my garden and ponder the visitor...

Read More >