Plantings for Diversity

  Butterfly Garden Plantings
Nimitz (Building 1)
The trees, shrubs and flowers planted in this garden were chosen to thrive in this dry sunny location, partially shaded by the building. This is the main entry for employees, visitors and customers, so plantings were chosen to be aesthetically pleasing throughout the year. Many of the species are native to the area, other ornamental species were chosen for their ornamental flower or berries.

Common name Scientific name Comments
Heather Erica sp. Bloom begins when snow is on the ground (February/March). Compact perennial shrub. Pink and white varieties, delicate evergreen foliage.
Sheep laurel OR
Bog rosemary

Kalmia angustifolia Andromeda polifera None
River birch (clump form) Betula nigra Spreading shade tree. Distinctive bark. Species native to Rhode Island.
Coast Leucothoe Leucothoe axillaris A graceful, arching evergreen with dark green leathery shiny foliage, catkins of white, bell-like flowers in May. Red to bronze fall and winter foliage.
Butterfly bush Buddleia Black Knight Sweet scent attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Blooms late summer through fall. Tall and spreading habit, full sun, good drainage.
Variegated English Holly Ilex aquifolium "argenteo-marginata" Shiny dark green leaves with creamy white edges. Showy red berries in winter. Male and female plants required for pollination. Partial to full sun, regular watering.
Mountain laurel Kalmia latifolia Native to Rhode Island. Deep evergreen leaves, showy pink bloom in May.
Spirea Spirea "Neon Flash" Fragrant and hardy. Partial to full sun, bright pink flowers and purple tinged leaves.
Dwarf juniper Juniperus procumbens "Nana" Low, spreading evergreen. Blue aromatic "berries".
European variegated dogwood Cornus alba "argenteo-marginata" Green and cream variegated foliage, bright red winter stems. Winter berries.
"Little Henry" Sweet Spire Itea virginica "Little Henry" Creamy white spires of flowers in May and June. Sweet smell. Partial to full sun, low growth habit.
Viburnum Viburnum burkwoodii Upright in habit, maturing at 6', with semi-snowball fragrant, pink to white, flowers in early spring. The fruits turn from red to black. The glossy foliage holds late into winter.
Beautyberry Callacarpa sp. Trailing shrub, bright lavender berries in late summer.
Weeping spruce Acer pendula Creeping evergreen miniature spruce.


Providence (Building 2)
This location is mostly sunny but shaded under large trees and near the building.

Common name Scientific name Comments
Heather Erica sp. Bloom begins when snow is on the ground (February/March). Compact perennial shrub. Pink and white varieties, delicate evergreen foliage.
Bee balm

Monarda Perennial with red, pink and purple blossoms, very attractive to hummingbirds, easily grown in home gardens, requires full sun.
Coast Leucothoe Leucothoe axillaris A graceful, arching evergreen with dark green leathery shiny foliage, catkins of white, bell-like flowers in May. Red to bronze fall and winter foliage.
Butterfly bush Buddleia "Black Knight" Sweet scent attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Blooms late summer through fall. Tall and spreading habit, full sun, good drainage.
Hosta Hosta (various) Shade loving perennials. Home gardeners - deer love these.
Ornamental grasses . .
Sedum (Stonecrop) Sedum sp. .
Bleeding heart . Tolerates shade.
Astilbe Astilbe sp. .
Columbine Aquilegia sp. .
Azalea Azalea sp. Exbury Hybrid Pink Pastel .
Daylily Heterocallis sp. .
Lupine Lupinus .


Constitution (Building 3)
The following were planted in front of the Constitution building.

Common name Scientific name Comments
Heather Erica sp. Bloom begins when snow is on the ground (February/March). Compact perennial shrub. Pink and white varieties, delicate evergreen foliage.
Rose laurel

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Coast Leucothoe Leucothoe axillaris A graceful, arching evergreen with dark green leathery shiny foliage, catkins of white, bell-like flowers in May. Red to bronze fall and winter foliage.
Butterfly bush Buddleia "Black Knight" Sweet scent attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Blooms late summer through fall. Tall and spreading habit, full sun, good drainage.

Note: The above is a work in progress.



    Nimitz Butterfly Garden Planting
    © 2000, W. Saslow


    Nimitz Butterfly Garden In Winter
    © 2003, W. Saslow


    Wildflowers in Bloom
    © 2002, W. Saslow



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