Popularly known as the butterfly bush, the Buddleia group contains some shrubs that every butterfly gardener should have in their garden.
I planted several Buddleias when I moved to Cirencester in 2000. Buddleia alternifolia is in a pot and attracted a Small White once. The following website pages give more information & images for my other plants:
Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Blue' - purple
Buddleia davidii 'White Profusion' - white flowers
Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight' - dark purple flowers
Buddleia Lochinch - pale purple flowers
Buddleia weyerana 'Sungold' - orange-yellow flowers
Buddleia lindleyana - purple flowers
Buddleia davidii 'Pink Pearl' - bright pink flowers
and in October 2005, I bought
Buddleia Davidii 'Border Beauty' - mauve flowers
because it was flowering in the garden centre.
The Buddleias that flower in June should generally be left alone with perhaps
a bit of tidying after they flower.
The B. davidii plants, which flower later, should be pruned hard in March. Hard pruning means cutting off the growth above the 2nd set of leaves. They will grow 1 to 1.5m in a season.
Plant Type: shrub
Flowers in August for davidii varieties, August-December for weyeriana, June for alternifolia and globosa.
Height: 2m if you prune them, higher if you don't!