My garden has many pretty plants, but one that stands out is the butterfly bush. I love the bright color the bushes provide and all the beneficial garden visitors they attract. They are very easy to care for and bloom even in the hottest summer months here in Georgia. That makes them a great addition to the garden.
You can find them in most garden centers like Home Depot, Walmart, and Pikes. I got both of mine at Home Depot and paid about $15 for a small bush. You don’t need a large one as they grow very fast. I regularly check Walmart’s garden center at the end of the season as they clearance plants. If they look relatively healthy, I will buy them and add time release fertilizer when planting to give them a boost. All of my plants have survived, so that is a tip to keep in mind if you are on a budget.
Butterfly Bush Care
The butterfly bush is a fast growing shrub that blooms from summer to fall. It can grow from 3 to 20 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide. The blooms are long, colorful and plentiful. Colors include: white, pink, purple, violet, red and yellow.
The blooms provide nectar for butterflies and seem to be one of their favorite beverages. They are low maintenance plants that require little work. What I do is deadhead them periodically to keep fresh blooms coming in regularly. I am sure the butterflies appreciate that.
They like full sun and only need water if you get less than 1 inch per week. When I water them I don’t give them a deep soak, but rather just give them enough to get a break from the heat. They do not need much fertilizer as it encourages leaf growth rather than flowers. I also cut them back a lot each year as flowers bloom on new wood.
I have a pink butterfly bush and a tricolor one in my garden. The tricolor is purple with pink and yellow. It is a vibrant and unique color that adds some wow to my garden. From a distance, it looks dark purple, but as you get closer you see a lighter purple/pink with yellow in the center.
The butterfly bush attracts many types of beneficial insects including bees, moths, and butterflies. They also attract birds; especially hummingbirds. I notice the bees come first and then the moths. As the blooms get more plentiful, then the butterflies arrive. After that, I will start seeing adorable hummingbirds on the bushes.
I love that I can help all these creatures as it is important for pollinators to be healthy and thrive. The butterfly bush is one of my favorite garden plants as it adds color to my garden and keeps attracting a wide variety of visitors. I also enjoy using the flowers in my arrangements. This is an easy plant to grow and has many benefits, so it is worth considering for your garden.
$10-25 for a 1-gallon plant
Remember they grow fast so you don’t need a larger size. I always buy the smallest size as they get tall in no time. Lowest price found at Walmart.
Where to buy:
Walmart, Home Depot, Pike or local nurseries. You can also buy online from various sites including Amazon.
To encourage more blooms, deadhead regularly. In the fall/winter, you can cut them back severely. Remember blooms come on new wood.
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly.