Growing a Butterfly Bush in your landscape
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.
For best flowers these plants should be grown in full sun but can tolerate part shade.
Butterfly Bush Pruning
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.
Varieties of Buddleja davidii
Try planting 2 or 3 varieties together for a multi-coloured shrub.
They don't over winter very well in containers but putting one in a container on your deck or patio for the summer will bring butterflies close up. Just remember to plant it into the ground before winter.
Royal Red Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red')
They have 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')
Blooming from early summer until fall and removing spent flowers to encourage more blooms will bring lots of pollinators to your yard.
Quickly growing to 6-8 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, it will attract lots of pollinators to your garden.
White Profusion Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'White Profusion')
Add a big splash of white to your landscape with the 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')
Attract butterflies to your garden with the masses of pink blooms this plant 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 growing to 5 feet tall and wide it will add a nice splash of plum purple to your landscape.
Plant along fences to break it up or against a white lattice to really showcase your Butterfly bushes.
Dartmoor (Buddleia davidii 'Dartmoor')
A unique variety with giant clusters of fragrant purple flowers in summer.
Can grow up to 10' tall.
Bicolor (B. x weyeriana 'Bicolor')
NEW for 2020
Growing to about 5' tall and wide, these unique plants start out with lavender buds, turning pink when they open and then yellow as they mature.
Attracting butterfly is easy when you have one of these beauties in your garden.
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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