Update: The Mariposa Garden
This is our butterfly garden after all the plants have been planted. Most of these plants will grow to their full potential after one growing season and the garden will look full. The trees in the garden will take longer than the vines and shrubs to fill out, however, it is only a short wait. There are two small mimosa plants that will act as a low groundcover and sprawl quickly. Actually, will try to take over. It isn’t necessary to plant more than two in this space. The dune sunflowers, blanket flowers and tickseed will re-seed and spread too. I have about 16 firecracker plants around one edge that will each grow to about 3 feet high and 3 feet wide and create a nice, soft hedge. The vines that I set loose on the chain link sides of the tennis court will grow extremely fast. Our “mariposa garden” will hardly be recognizable as the same garden in about 6 months.
Grayson and I did tons of research on the plants as we designed our garden together. We wanted to know the size each of our plants would be when they are mature so that we would plant them in the right spot. We considered the color of the blooms too. We will just have to be patient and enjoy the different stages of growth. The butterflies are already visiting.
Come grow with us!