Coastal and Tropical South
Alabama Butterfly Garden
The extensive Plant an Alabama Butterfly Garden Web site from Alabama Cooperative Extension Service offers an interesting window into the butterflies that live there. The information includes lists of host plants for caterpillar larvae and nectar sources for adult butterflies for gardeners who'd like to plant a butterfly garden. You'll also find tips to remind you of other ways to make the garden more hospitable to butterflies, including fruit and water sources, and ideas for basking stones.
Favorite or New Plant
Flame of the Woods
Flame of the woods (Ixora), aka jungle geranium or jungle flame, is a standard of tropical and subtropical gardens. But this grand old girl isn't often considered as the superb hedge plant she can be. Not too tall, not too aggressive, Ixora blooms for months in red, orange, pink, or yellow. Dark green leaves resemble its relatives, gardenia and coffee plants, but the flowerheads look more like phlox flowers, bunches of pinwheels whirling all over the plant. Trimming this flowering shrub several times a year can keep the plant compact and the flowers plentiful.