Thanks to the SH2 (Soaker Hose Super Highway) and my midnight waterings, the garden looks great and IS FULL OF BUTTERFLIES!!! I've seen several large butterflies including a Giant Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and several big dark butterflies that I think are Black Swallowtails but I couldn't get close enough to tell. Happiness and joy!!!!
Last summer I was given a clump of wildlflowers in a big lump of heavy clay soil a friend had dug out of her property. I stuck the entire mass in the most inhospitable spot in my garden just to see how tough they were. Here's what they look like today!
Native blue mist flower is growing in one of the driest spots in my garden. An equally tough veronica 'Ericka' grows nearby.
Another clump of blue mist flower grows in the shade near the dog run, but unlike the wild variety, they spend most of the summer hooked up to an aquatic IV.
The plant straddling the metal fence that forms the dog run is also Blue Mist Flower (a type of eupatorium).
White Mist Flower grows in the moist partial shade near the garden hose. It's a vigorous grower that prefers afternoon shade and moist soil.
White Mist Flower and the variegated leaves of Painters Palette.
I just took this picture this morning and the plant is a bit limp from the heat. The rain barrel on the other side of the fence is known as the Big Daddy and holds 156 gallons of water. The White Mist Flower and daylillies next to it were planted this spring.