5 Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Varieties For Your Garden

Variety is the spice of life and brings butterflies to the garden! The butterfly bush (Buddleia) is a deciduous shrub cherished for the vibrant, long flower panicles that attract pollinators looking to feast on its nectar-filled flowers. From compact dwarf varieties packed with flowers to highly fragrant long-bloomers, these types of butterfly bushes, big or small, are sure to stun in the landscape. Here, we'll discuss some of our favorite varieties and their unique garden features to find the perfect butterfly bush for you.

Lo & Behold® Series Of Butterfly Bush

Lo & Behold (Buddleia x) from Proven Winners is for those who want to bring the flowering power of butterfly bush to their garden but want to maintain space! Developed by Megan Mathey, vivid flower panicles attract pollinators all summer without the need to deadhead.

Highlighted Features:

  • An excellent butterfly bush for erosion control.
  • Silvery foliage & vibrant flower panicles.
  • Compact habit & tidy habit perfect for smaller spaces.
  • Easy-care, drought-tolerant & great for beginners.
  • Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant.

'Cascade' Collection Of Butterfly Bush

The beautiful habit and large flower panicles from the 'Cascade' butterfly bush collection is certainly grand! Developed by Walter's Gardens, this varieties unique cascading habit makes it a whimsical addition to any garden.

Highlighted Features:

  • Flower panicles cascade downwards, similar to the look of a weeping willow.
  • Enormous flowers, reaching up to 12-14' long and 4' thick.
  • Long-blooming, highly fragrant.
  • Later blooming compared to other butterfly bush varieties. 
  • Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant.

Pugster® Butterfly Bush Series

When some plants begin to end their show, the Pugster® butterfly bush series livens up and keeps reblooming, lasting all the way through the first frost. Each dainty floret is dotted with a gorgeous yellow center surrounded by a brightly colored flower. Aside from being addictive to butterflies and bees, you'll find that hummingbirds can't get enough of the sweet honey scent.

Highlighted Features:

  • Full-sized blooms on dwarf shrub.
  • Loved by pollinators.
  • More hardy to cold temperatures compared to other varieties.
  • Long blooming, highly fragrant.
  • Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant.

'Miss' Series Of Butterfly Bush

Summer just got hotter with the 'Miss'(Buddleia x) series from Proven Winners! Featuring an array of hues, this line of butterfly bushes has spikey blooms that are the closest to true red to any others on the market. There is no need to worry about regular deadheading; this shrub is naturally round and neat without all the extra maintenance.

Highlighted Features:

  • Medium sized shrub with pink, purple, & blue color options
  • Thrives in full sunlight (6+ hours/day).
  • Care-free & easy to grow.
  • Award-winning butterfly bush from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs.
  • Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant.

'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush

Darker purple than other butterfly bush varieties, 'Black Knight' (Buddleia davidii) makes for a dramatic feature in the landscape. Luckily, you won't have to wait long to experience its beauty; this butterfly bush is fast-growing compared to other varieties. This butterfly bush will spread and naturalize from midsummer through fall by self-seeding.

Highlighted Features:

  • Deeper/richer colored blooms compared to other butterfly bush varieties.
  • Gray/green foliage.
  • Fast growing & lasts up to 20 years.
  • Perfect for hedges or privacy screens.
  • Winner of The Royal Horticulture Society's "Award of Garden Merit"
  • Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant.

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