Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Who has black knight and white profusion butterfly bushes?

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Sheridragonfly
Aug 22, 2017 6:08 PM CST
thinking of buying these since I lost all others this year due to rain for 3 months this summer.
Do either of these bring lots of butterflys?

If it does not rain an inch per week from april to november in zone lower 8
how often do you take a bucket of water and water them ?
Do you do the method of sticking your finger down 2 inches and if moist .do not water..

Do you water a new butterfly bush bought from the nursery planted now in late august.. till november and then not water it yourself in winter months.

I never have watered in winter and in the past all perennials lived and did well and shrubs.

This year has gotten me anxious...and sad that so much rain in 3 months must have caused disease
and or root rot in butterfly bushes..not sitting in a wet area...

I was told by a nursery that I can take one half cup of epsom salts mix in warm water to dissolve
add to one gallon of cool water and spray the butterfly bushes once every 6 weeks in spring to fall
once established...what do you think of this to help them fight disease?

Any thoughts appreciated....sheridragonfly
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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stone
Aug 29, 2017 11:15 AM CST
Are you claiming that your buddleia drownded?

I've seen them growing in standing water.... more water... usually means more seedlings.

As much of water-pigs as these things are.... very surprised if they died from too much rain...
nematodes seems far more likely.

I would suggest trying vitex instead.

Vitex is very pretty, and drought hardy, and I haven't seen any problems with nematode issues either.

As to drowning?
I can't say.

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