submitted by Penny H
As much as I love my New England garden, I am happy to be able to escape the cold and snow for a bit in the winter. The house we are renting this year on St. Pete Beach, Florida has a lovely butterfly garden. Some of the plants in the garden are familiar to me – Pentas, Hibiscus, Lantana, and Gaillardia. For some others, I had to search for names in the many wonderful gardening books that are in the home. In February I enjoyed some of the flowers we don’t see in our New England gardens.
The Firecracker plant has a long bloom time, and attracts hummingbirds. The Bahama Cassia attracts sulphur butterflies.
The orange Mexican Flame Vine is very fragrant and we have seen Monarch Butterflies on it already. The purple Mexican petunia is a dramatic contrast to the Flame Vine while it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.