If you are looking for an easy to grow, reliable bush, particularly along a boundary then buddleia
should be on the list.
It has all the advantages of a standard buddleia
with an abundance of fragrant flowers throughout the summer months but only grows to a height of 60-80cm.
It seemed a shame to disturb it as I walked down the garden, but it quickly fluttered off to join others feeding on buddleia
, alongside small tortoiseshells and commas.
Peer over any garden wall in late summer and the chances are you'll see the purple spikes of buddleia
in bloom, with butterflies showing a keen interest in the flowers' nectar.
IF YOU want a reliable, tall shrub which produces beautiful banana-shaped blooms in late summer, look no further than the buddleia
In the shrub border buddleia
davidii is simply the best butterfly bush - it attracts red admiral, small tortoiseshell and most other butterflies.
Summer fragrance will be produced by Buddleia
davidii, called butterfly bush because its nectar lures butterflies to the panicles of flowers.
Shrubs that flower on new wood should be pruned back hard such as dogwoods and buddleia
They reckon they need about 1,500 Buddleia
plants to complete the maze.
, hawthorn, wild sweet pea, lupin, foxgloves, poppies, my beloved dog daisies, ragwort, meadowsweet, rosebay willowherb and a dozen or so little gems I have not yet identified.
PRUNE early summer-flowering shrubs like philadelphus, deutzia, weigela, kolkwitzia and Buddleia
globosa immediately after flowering.
and sedums are brilliant for feeding butterflies and if you allow a nettle or two to thrive you'll provide them with a place to breed too and support the hungry caterpillars.