Want to help our butterflies and add color and motion to your garden?
Plant Butterfly Bushes (Buddleja) and you will! They are easy to grow and reward you with a long season of bloom.
You can cut the beautiful pink, blue, white, red, or lavender flower spikes, but try to keep some in the garden to share with your butterflies. There are plenty to go around! Hummingbirds love them almost as much as butterflies do!
Dwarf Butterfly bushes grow well in containers and lure butterflies to your porch or deck. The dwarfs range in heights from 2 feet to 4 feet tall. They make beautiful borders and look terrific mixed with roses.
Dwarf varieties include Lo 'N' Behold, Blue Heaven, Tutti-Frutti, Buzz Ivory and, my favorite, Funky Fuchsia.
The tall varieties grow into towers of flowers up to 8+ feet tall. Plant them in front of tall fences for a great wall of color. Planted singly, they are a showy center of attention.
A real novelty is the Tricolor, which dazzles with purple, pink, and white flower spikes. It isn’t really a single plant but rather 3 cuttings planted closely together for an extra-full specimen with 3 flower colors. Other tall varieties include Adonis Blue, Black Knight, Ellen’s Blue, and Royal Red.
Buddlejas are fast growing and prolific bloomers. Plant them in full sun (although a little filtered shade in the afternoon is okay). Buddleja are water-wise when established, plus deer don’t much like them. Plant them for the pollinators and enjoy their color indoors and out.