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The Butterfly Bush is a low-maintenance shrub that is both heat and drought-tolerant. This deciduous shrub is fast-growing and produces masses of butterfly-attracting purple flowers. Butterfly Bush (buddleia davidii) grows best in full sun, well-well draining soil conditions, warm climates, and these native plants are from North America. Larger varieties such as Buddleia Black Knight are great for the back of your garden border, while dwarf butterfly bush such as Buddleia Lo and Behold Blue Chip are smaller and may even be in containers.
Where is the Best Place to Plant a Butterfly Bush?
Firstly, the best time to plant your Butterfly Bush is in the spring or fall. If you are planting your shrub in the fall, make sure they have enough time in the ground before the first frost of the year. Doing so will ensure they develop a strong root system before the ground gets too cold.
The best place to plant your Butterfly Bush is in an area of your garden or landscape that has full sun exposure. If your shrub does not receive enough sunlight each day, it will become sparse and decrease flowering. You may also notice the flowers become lighter if they are in too much shade.
Also, make sure the location you choose is in well-draining soil conditions. This plant suffers when it is in wet soil for too long. (For best flower color, make sure the soil is slightly acidic to neutral.) These shrubs are drought tolerant and require only occasional watering after their first growing season.
How Should I Use Butterfly Bushes in My Garden?
- Plant next to spring and early-summer blooming plants to keep a constant growing garden through fall.
- Plant in perennial beds and borders
- To enjoy the sight of butterflies and hummingbirds, plant near a patio or outdoor gathering area.
- Use larger varieties at the back of layer planting and lower spreading types as a ground cover to form a low ground cover.
- Dwarf varieties add a perfect splash of color to a mixed container planting.
Are Butterfly Bushes Prone To Any Pests Or Disease?
Your Buddleia is not prone to any serious insect or disease problems. However, keep your eye open for spider mites, they can sneak up on your plants, and before you know it, they have infested your whole plant. If you notice anything unfamiliar, simply take a hose and spray your plant off. Doing so will usually take care of the pests as long as they aren't too established in their infestation. Nematodes can be a problem if you live in the south.
Why Is It Called The Butterfly Bush?
Butterfly Bushes got their name because they are very attractive to butterflies. This shrub attracts many butterflies throughout its growing seasons of spring and summer. These shrubs were first found along the border of China and Tibet by a French missionary and naturalist, Pere Armand David. He found them growing in China in 1869. The flowers are mildly fragrant and give way to two-valved seed capsules that open when ripe. Their flowers not only attract butterflies but hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators too.