Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Photo: Scott Woodbury

Butterfly Berm

The Butterfly Berm is an easy family project using colorful, nectar-rich natives, such as New Jersey Tea, Prairie Blazing Star and Butterfly Weed. Add a shallow saucer or old birdbath filled with sand, gravel and water for a butterfly “watering hole.”


  1. Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
  2. New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
  3. Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis)
  4. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  5. Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongifolius)
  6. Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
  7. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  8. Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
  9. Downy Phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. Ozarkana)
  10. Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris)
  11. Butterfly watering hole



Native landscaping isn’t just for the back yard! If you want to establish a formal native shade garden for your front yard or other area, this  plan can help you. This Front Yard Formal article by Scott Woodbury from the spring 2019 issue of the Missouri Prairie Journal is a companion to this plan, and contains photos of many of the featured plants. Learn more about plants featured in this plan from this audio file from Scott, and learn more about the plants’ growth habits from this audio file from Scott. The following practices apply to plantings where some degree of control is desired. That is, these design elements will help produce a garden that looks as though it was thoughtfully designed and planned as opposed to a naturalistic meadow or recreated prairie where plants grow more randomly.