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Garden Structures: A Pergola to Support Buttefly Vines  

from Plants Daily Post

  

October 8,  2008 Garden Structures

Consider a Pergola for Butterfly Vines

Many people dream of living in a vine-covered cottage. In the sub-tropics it is easily achieved with a number of very rampant vines which would cover the roof, and there was a time in South Florida when vine covered rooves could be seen. But insects, vermin and home maintenance goals have in modern times caused the pastoral vision to fall out of favor. On the other hand, some of the most important vines to plant to attract butterflies and birds are very heavy growers and become a problem on fences growing into other shrubbery. A free-standing pergola kept away from other plantings can be used to support a very effective butterfly planting of eight essential vines which would otherwise be unmanageable in landscape beds. Beneath the bowers a nice sitting area can be established atop a soft construction surface of paving stones or brick in sand.


Daily Post text by Leigh Fulghum

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