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The variegated foliage of Summer Skies butterfly bush with Tuff Stuff hydrangea behind it
Summer Skies butterfly bush is a variegated selection with yellow and green foliage
Summer skies butterfly bush with vareigated foliage and several purple flower spikes.
A closeup of the variegated foliage of Summer Skies butterfly bush.
Summer Skies, a variegated butterfly bush, in the landscape, showing its rounded habit.

'Summer Skies' Butterfly Bush

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Not for the faint of heart! 'Summer Skies' butterfly bush is a bold plant for bold gardens, thanks to its bright yellow and green variegated foliage. That gives it serious impact in the garden, landscape, or containers well-beyond its summer bloom time. And it does bloom - nice lavender flowers appear in summer - but even they can't hold a candle to the splashy foliage. This large butterfly bush is an ideal choice for the back of a perennial garden or the centerpiece of a container full of colorful annuals and tropical plants. Unlike conventional variegated butterfly bush, this Proven Winners selection stands up to full sun and doesn't revert to plain green. A superior choice for those looking for something a little different!

Vital details:

Size: 4-5'/1.2-1.5m tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Hardiness: USDA zone 5-9 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts adult butterflies of many species; also attracts hummingbird moths

Notable features: variegated, deer resistant, drought tolerant, long blooming, deadheading not required.

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Buddleia davidii 'Summer Skies' pp#22,465

For complete growing details, click on over to our garden guide.