Butterfly bushes, also known as buddleia, definitely live up to their name and are great options for attracting pollinators to your garden – especially, you guessed it, butterflies!
These hardy shrubs are also drought tolerant and deer resistant, making them an excellent choice for multiple soil types and climates. There are three varieties in the First Editions® collection to choose from and each has its own unique size, color, and flair in the garden.
Please note that butterfly bush is invasive in some regions of the United States. Before planting in your space, be sure to check with your local University extension office.
Groovy Grape™ has vibrant violet-purple fragrant blooms that reach 8-10 inches long – sure to be a stunning focal point in any garden. This shrub blooms into fall if properly deadheaded and is easily rejuvenated by pruning it back in spring.
Plant Groovy Grape™ along the back of a garden border to add structure and colorful interest to your space. The size of this shrub and unique arching branches will provide unforgettable views in the garden.
The light purple flowers of Psychedelic Sky™ are filled with nectar for pollinator friends and average 6-8 inches in length. Like Groovy Grape™, this butterfly bush loves a spring haircut, so prune it back in early days of spring. And deadheading keeps the bush full of blooms all season long!
The upright shape of this Psychedelic Sky™ make it a great focal point or flower hedge in the garden. This is the smallest butterfly bush variety in the First Editions® collection, reaching up to six feet tall and five feet wide at maturity. Those light purple flowers are sure to draw everyone’s eye wherever they are planted!
The dark green foliage of Funky Fuchsia™ contrasts the rich reddish-pink blooms to create gorgeous interest in the landscape. Like Groovy Grape™ and Psychedelic Sky™, Funky Fuchsia™ thrives with a spring pruning and continuous deadheading throughout the season. You can enjoy those uniquely colored flowers in your garden for months!
Funky Fuchsia™ creates an amazing floral hedge and works great to create that privacy in the garden. No matter where you plant it, this butterfly bush is sure to draw attention with those eye-catching and colorful blooms.
Planting: To ensure you are planting Groovy Grape™, Psychedelic Sky™, and Funky Fuchsia™ correctly, check out our planting blog.
Watering: Groovy Grape™, Psychedelic Sky™, and Funky Fuchsia™ prefer soil that is consistently moist, but they can handle it if the soil dries out a bit between waterings. Be sure to watch our video on watering for the best tips and tricks for keeping with its needs.
Fertilizing: Groovy Grape™, Psychedelic Sky™, and Funky Fuchsia™ like a granular, well balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Apply once in spring when you see green leafy new growth and be sure to follow the directions on the package. Check out our spring gardening tips to learn more about fertilizing.
Pruning: Butterfly bushes are hardy and low maintenance plants that can handle spring pruning and then pruning throughout the seasons to keep their shape. Deadhead your butterfly bushes to encourage new blooms throughout the summer months!