The sweetly scented Buddleia is one of the most magnificent plants for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. The beautiful silvery-green foliage of this shrub combined with the lusciously fragrant flowers alive with the constant motion of brightly colored butterflies is a must for any sunny garden!
Buddleia davidii, very appropriately named the Butterfly Bush, makes a perfect focal point for a butterfly garden. Long panicles of fragrant blossoms appear in early July and continue to bloom until frost providing a constant supply of nectar for many different species of butterflies. Planted "en masse", they can provide a fence row full of color and fragrance from summer until fall offering privacy from neighbors.
Butterfly bushes come in many lovely colors; from bright pinks to hues of lavender and purple, as well as some beautiful pure white cultivars. Depending on the variety, they will grow anywhere from 4 feet to 8 feet in height. These wonderful shrubs become superb attractions all season long - both for you and your butterfly visitors. And best of all - Buddleia are deer resistant and drought tolerant.
This beautiful deciduous shrub takes very little care and is adaptable to most garden conditions that get about six hours of sun a day. When planting, prepare a large planting hole at least three times as wide but about as deep as the root ball. Amend the soil with some compost, Plant-tone, Rich Earth, Greensand, and rock phosphate. Mulch lightly each spring. Once they are established, they kind of take care of themselves and seldom even need supplemental watering.
To get the best flowering with bigger and more abundant flowers through the season, your Buddleia should be cut back to 8"-12" each spring around mid April. Although they are cut back each spring, it doesn't take them long to reach their full height and fill out with great flowing branches full of gorgeous, colorful flower panicles.
Deadheading the spent blossoms will ensure continual bloom throughout the fall. Buddleia can even be pruned back to half their height in the late summer if they become too tall to deadhead or if you simply want to reduce their size.