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Add a Butterfly Bush to Your Backyard Landscaping

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Few creatures in nature are as graceful and beautiful as the butterfly, but they don't seem to be as plentiful as they used to be. You can change that though, at least around your home, by adding some Buddleia bushes to your backyard landscaping.

The Buddleia bush, or "butterfly bush" as it is commonly known, is loved by butterflies for its nectar. It attracts butterflies to it like a bird feeder attracts birds.

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How to Add a Butterfly Bush to Your Backyard Landscaping

The Buddleia bush is available in many sizes and colors. The most commonly used options for backyard landscaping grow between 6 and 8 feet tall, but 3- to 4-foot bushes are also popular for residential plantings. There are varieties of the butterfly bush that grow much taller so be careful you are planting a size that fits your yard.

The butterfly bush grows well in just about any climate, but can experience some problems with new growth in far northern types of weather. Some landscapers feel that the bush grows almost too well and can get out of control quickly if you don't keep it pruned annually, so you may want to plant just a couple initially.

Ohio State University and a butterfly enthusiast site offer more details on the many colors and varieties of the butterfly bush. They also give planting and growing tips for the more popular colors, such as:

  • Royal Red: A pinkish-red color
  • Black Knight: Navy blue
  • Sun Gold: Golden yellow
  • Pink Delight: Pink

Some butterfly bushes even attract hummingbirds, which are fascinating to watch as they dart from flower to flower. Turn your backyard landscaping into a butterfly and hummingbird resort by adding several Buddleia bushes this summer.

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About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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