Planting Strategy Tip!
In our current flower planting at Birds On The Brink Sanctuary, we are dealing with more of a coastal soil composition of sand. Although we’ve needed to truck in clay and top soil, we nevertheless use the sandy soil bed to our benefit as a deterrent to weed growth. The first step is to cut out the bottom of 6-inch flower pots and place them in a nutritious clay and top soil mixture.
Once that part of the garden is planted, we place a bed of sand around the entire flower garden with a barrier of clover right next to the sand. The clover will grow, become dense and spread, but will not invade the sand or flower beds. Basically, the clover will not jump over the sand and intertwine among the flowers, and its density will prevent weeds from growing and proliferating to the flower bed. And because weeds do not grow in sand, we won’t need to weed the edge of the garden perimeter. Also, if any butterfly eggs fall to the ground, they would most likely fall among the clover groundcover and still survive.
Native Georgian flowers we are planting for our butterflies and bees: Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Purple Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Georgia Aster, Common Yarrow White Georgia, Maypop, Phlox, Pipe Vine, Joe Pye Weed, Spice Bush, Hercules Club Bush, Wafer Ash, Rain Lilies, Crinums, and White and Blue Wild Indigo.