How to grow
Hardy buddleia such as 'Pink
Delight' are trouble-free,
adaptable shrubs for sunny, warm
positions. They sulk in shade and
prefer well-drained soil.
Deadhead to extend the flowering
season, then remove spent flower
heads in autumn to prevent
Leave the attractive framework of
deciduous buddleias intact during
winter. Once spring arrives cut
the shoots back hard to within
12in - but not until the end of
March or slightly later. If you want
to keep more height and produce
earlier flowers take the stems
back to 3ft. Harder-pruned
buddleias tend to live longer,
though.This group of shrubs
flower on new growth made in the
current year, so it is to your
advantage to prune the shrub well
to produce many flowering
The very first Butterfly bush to sport two different colours on the same bloomstalk - rich lavender combined with butterscotch
yellow. Easy to grow and extremely fragrant.
Unique Butterscotch and Raspberry Blooms -- the first of its Kind!
Marvellously Fragrant, Long-Blooming, and Drought-Tolerant - the most exciting Butterfly Bush to come along in years!
Another exciting colour breakthrough for Buddleia! 'Bicolour' is the first ever to offer two completely different colors on the
same bloomstalk -- rich butterscotch yellow and frosty raspberry lavender! Add a heady, sweet fragrance, tons of butterflies,
and you've got your perennial border, patio, or meadowland garden standout!
The blooms arise all summer long, standing out nicely against the soft gray-green foliage. Most bloom trusses are about 5 to 6
inches long, but they can reach up to 10 inches at the end of the season, with an intoxicating scent just as overwhelming as
their colour show! You will find yourself making excuses to visit this Buddleia in the sunny border or on the patio. The
bloomstalks are lovely as cut flowers, too, so be sure to bring this colour and scent indoors!
'Bicolour' reaches 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, and benefits from a good shearing in late winter to encourage better branching
and more blooms. It grows easily in any sunny, well-drained spot, demonstrating fantastic drought tolerance and indifferent to
extreme heat and humidity. The butterflies will love this shrub . . . but not as much as you will!
Alternate-leaf butterfly bush
Up to 15 feet
Attractive foliage spring through Autumn; showy flowers in June; arching form
Why alternate-leaf butterfly bush continues to languish in obscurity is a mystery to me. Is it because it only flowers once a year,
in contrast to its better-known cousin,davidii, which repeat-blooms if deadheaded? Or is it simply because of its clunky
name, which is but an awkward translation of the LatinAlternifolia? Perhaps if it were renamed "lavender fountain" butterfly
or some other stage name, we would grow this delightful shrub more often.
Picture a dwarf weeping willow with silvery foliage that covers itself with fragrant lavender-blue flowers in early summer.
That's alternate-leaf butterfly bush.
ALBB is a perfect shrub for the back of the mixed border. Its light, airy texture makes it a natural companion to perennials.
And even when it is not in bloom, its billowy, weeping branches make for a beautiful structural contrast with other plant forms.
One very interesting thing to do with ALBB is to train it into a standard (tree-like or lollipop) form. This is especially suitable to
formal settings or to planting in a large tub. Here's what you do: Start with a very young plant. Choose the strongest branch if
there are more than one, and cut all the others off at ground level. Remove all side branches from this branch or rub off all
lateral buds, except those at the very end of the branch. Now, insert a strong stake in the ground next to this branch. Attach the
branch with a figure-8 tie to the stake at 2 points to train it straight and vertically.
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Up to 16 feet
Buddliea Empire Blue
Buddliea Royal Red
Typical size of mature Buddleia
As well as this hard prune in the spring, it is also beneficial to prune off all the dead and faded flowers once the main flowering
season is over. This will be of benefit to the plant - not having to produce seeds on the old flowers - and it will bloom again
later on. Take off all of the dead flowers regularly, and your Buddleia will flower until well into the autumn.
For Buddleia bushes at the back of a large border, you can perhaps just cut back to around 60cm each year. This will have the
advantage of the flowering stems starting higher up and you will be able to plant other shrubs and perennials under or near to
the base. The arching stems of the butterfly bush will then be seen higher up at the back of the border.
Buddleia Davidii are the popular garden Butterfly Bushes. They need to be pruned at the right time. We take you through the
steps of pruning your Buddleia and explain why spring is the best time to prune.
Buddliea Berries and Cream
Rich Golden Blooms on a Carefree Habit!
Finest yellow Buddleia blooms from June to November!
Honeycomb is considered to be the finest yellow Buddleia. And it is easy to
see - and smell - why. It's rich golden blooms deepen toward the centre to
create an illusion of greater depth, while its strong fragrance attracts more
butterflies than other species. Combine these attributes with a long June to
November bloom time and you can see why so many gardeners are
captivated by this Scottish native.
With a carefree habit needing only a hard spring pruning, Honeycomb
reaches 8 to 12 feet in warmer areas and a bit less in the north. Highly
drought-, pest-, and disease-resistant.