Who doesn't love seeing the bright colors of butterflies flitting through the garden? And there are few plants that are better at attracting these visitors than buddleia or butterfly bush. Its long panicles of flowers borne at the tips of arching stems add a graceful note to the garden and are often bedecked with the fluttering winged creatures. But the problem for gardeners short on space is that many butterfly bushes are large plants that can get five or six feet tall and wide.
Now even small space gardeners can enjoy these plants with new buddleia introductions from Proven Winners. 'Miss Molly' butterfly bush stays a restrained 4-5 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. Its fragrant flowers are a deep Sangria-red that adds richness to the garden until late in the season.
For even more space-challenged gardeners, there is Lo & Behold® 'Purple Haze' butterfly bush (pictured) that reaches only 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. From midsummer to frost, its uniquely horizontal branches produce an abundance of dark purple-blue flowers that radiate outward and downward like a pinwheel. This is a sterile cultivar, so you won't need to worry about weeding out unwanted self-sown seedlings.
Like all buddleias, these new varieties do best in full sun, in average soil with good drainage. Both are adapted to hardiness zones 5-9.
For more on these new butterfly bushes and other new Proven Winners® Color Choice Flowering Shrubs, go to Color Choice Plants.
Article published on September 29, 2011.