butterfly bush

16 Jun

As the name implies, butterflies like this plant. This bush lives at the southwest corner of the house, behind a dogwood tree. The idea was to have something in bloom after the dogwood and azaleas were finished. If I had it to over again, I would plant a white-flowered bush. The lesson I’ve learned the hard way is that white and hot colors (red, yellow, orange) show up better from a distance than blues and pastels. Butterfly bushes can grow to 15 feet or taller, but I find it a good idea to knock them back to about 2′-3′ in the spring. It makes them more full, and very long stems get woody and can break off easily in one of our heavy rains. The flowers open from the base to the tip. To extend the blooming season, snip off dead flowers which will encourage two new blossoms to form where the old one was cut off.

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