The Big Idea
: Embrace a theme or season. When Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past in Jemison, Alabama, started working with Cathy, their goal was to create an English cottage garden that would attract butterflies. "He'd draw an organized plan; then I'd manage to junk it up with my additions," Cathy says, laughing. She learned through much trial and error, so don't be afraid to experiment. "That's how I discovered I love fall," she says. "The colors are vivid, the days are cooler, and the bugs have retreated."
Takeaway Tip: Attract butterflies with 'Double Knock Out' roses, 'Hot Lips' and 'Indigo Spires' sages, and lantanas. The best lure for butterflies is porterweed in either coral or purple. Find it at your local nursery, or order from petalsfromthepast.com.