Butterfly bushes tend to gather the interest of humans, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The birds and insects come in search of the sweet nectar and we humans are attracted to the bright flower colors of blues, reds, purples, and other color combinations. Buddleias emit a fragrance that attracts butterflies like moths to a flame. The butterfly bush plants offered are of the Genus (Buddleia davidii). Butterfly bushes can reach 5 to 15 feet tall, depending on the cultivar. The butterfly bush is medium to large sized shrub that can be used in a perennial bed or as a hedge. They usually bloom from Mid-July through frost. The abundant flower spikes, some describe them as bottle-brush flowers; exude a fragrance much like lilacs. Butterfly bushes are fast growing and can reach 4 to 5 feet in the second year after planting. In northern climates they may die back to the ground during the winter and then sprout new growth in the spring.
Butterfly bushes are easy to care for and easy to grow. They do not require quality soils and can perform very well in marginal soils. Buddleia davidii tolerates urban pollution and alkaline soils. Butterfly bushes can be pruned to the ground in the late fall and the blooms tend to be more prolific and larger on the plants new growth. Some butterfly bushes bloom on old wood so if you desire blooms, prune after they flower. Allow at least 6 feet of space between bushes because of the tendency for the branches to arch away from the center. Dead flowers need hand-picked off of the stems because they will not fall off on their own. For continued boom, the old flowers should be removed to encourage new growth and more flowers. We offer several varieties of butterfly bushes and they a listed below.
Nature Hills sells a variety of plants and products, with many available in different types and sizes:
Select (bare root) Trees - Hand-selected quality bare root trees. The height of the tree you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
Select (bare root) Plants - Hand selected-quality bare root plants.The height of the plant you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Plants are 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Select (bare root) Small Fruits - Hand-selected quality small fruit plants. The height and # of plants in the pack you will receive is displayed above and below the image. (Ex: 3-pack of 1 foot plants).
Note on No. 1 Select sizes: You may see No. 1 used as the size of Select Tree/Plant. A "Number 1" grade plant is the highest-grade bare root plant available.
Potted Plants & Trees - Quality plants and trees with developed root systems will have this icon. Typical sizes of our potted plants and trees are as follows:
• #1 Container - Ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
• #2 Container - Equal to 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters
• #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
• #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
• 5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
• 4.5" pot is 4.5" round x 4" deep and equal to 1.31 pints or 619.8 milliliters
• 4" and 3.5" pots may measure 4"x 4"x3 1/2" which is equal to .87 of a quart or .82 of a liter in volume or 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is equal to .67 of a quart or .63 of a liter in volume.
Plant and Flower Bulbs - Quality bulbs, roots and tubers. The number of bulbs included in the pack is displayed below the bulbs images.
Seed Packets - Our seed packets will contain this icon.
Other product types will simply list what type of product it is (bags of seed, trays of plugs and garden center items etc.).