Fairly easy to replicate, this eye-catching plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Among them is Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain', a popular hardy Salvia that is welcomed in many gardens. It is paired with Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed), a bushy perennial prized for its brilliant clusters of bright orange flowers which bloom continuously throughout summer.

Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies. Milkweed plants are critical to the monarch butterflies survival, whose population in North America has plummeted by 90% in the last 20 years. By planting milkweed in your own garden, you can help reverse the fortune of these beautiful insects!