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Buddleja davidii also called Butterfly bush, Buddleia, or Summer Lilac is a fast growing deciduous shrub with long showy flowers that bloom all summer long.
Varieties of Buddleja davidii
For best flowers Butterfly Bushes should be grown in full sun but can tolerate part shade.
In colder climates they may die back to the ground during winter but will grow again in the spring. If they don't die back they should be trimmed to just above the ground which will make a much better looking plant.
The flowers bloom on new wood so trimming anytime of the year won't remove any blooms for next year.
Try planting 2 or 3 varieties together for a multi-coloured shrub.
Butterfly bushes don't over winter very well in containers but putting one in a container on your deck or patio will bring butterflies close up. Just remember to plant it into the ground before winter.
Royal Red Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red') has deep purple flower clusters about 6 inches long. When kept pruned this makes a nice rounded shrub.
Quickly growing to about 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide, it will be loaded with flowers that attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
Black Knight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight') will bloom from early summer until fall and removing spent flowers will encourage more blooms.
Quickly growing to 6-8 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, it will attract lots of pollinators to your garden.
White Ball Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'White Ball') will add a big splash of white to your landscape with 6 inch long spikes of white flowers that cover the ends of the branches.
Quickly growing to 5 feet tall and wide, it will be a showy attraction in your garden.
Pink Delight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii 'Pink Delight') will fascinate you with all the pink blooms it produces from early summer to mid fall.
Adding a splash of pink in front of some dark evergreen trees will really make a statement. It grows to about 6 feet tall and wide.
Petite Plum® Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii nanhoensis 'Monum') quickly grows to 5 feet tall and wide adding a splash of plum purple to your landscape.
Plant along fences to break it up or against a white lattice to really showcase your Butterfly bush.
Ever seen a Hummingbird Moth? Well this little guy came to visit my Butterfly Bushes and I was able to record it.
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Types of Shrubs