Buddleja offers magnificent bunches of flowers that attract butterflies.
Basic Buddleja facts
Name – Buddleja
Family – Scrophulariaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 6 to 13 feet (2 to 4 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary, rather rich
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – July to October
Planting, care and pruning are practices that will boost blooming and growth for the buddleja.
Preferably in fall or spring if purchased in a container.
For the first few weeks after planting, water often to ensure proper settling in.
Choose a location that is in full sun but stays cool.
- Follow our guidance for planting buddleja
You’ve got 2 options to prune your buddleja, both cases are at the end of winter:
- To remodel your buddleja:
Prune the shoots from the previous year’s growth while ensuring the buddleja has a nice bearing.
- To frankly rejuvenate your buddleja:
Cut back as much as you wish, it will grow back even nicer.
Learn more about Buddleja
Forming cute panicles with colors ranging from white and red to pink and purple, this shrub is perfect to plant as a hedge. It also stands out great as a standalone or in a shrub bed.
Not only are the flowers a boon for butterflies: some, like the “large white” butterfly, also lay their eggs on its leaves!
Smart tip about Buddleja
Cut short from November onwards. This will give your shrub even more vigor!
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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Violet buddleja flower by Christophe Ducourret-Gravereau under Pixabay license
Flowering Buddleja shrub by Martin Pettitt under © CC BY 2.0