#ProPlantTips: How to Grow & Care for Butterfly Bushes

#ProPlantTips: How to Grow & Care for Butterfly Bushes

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When thinking about Butterfly Bushes, a few images may come to mind. Whether it is the diverse, vibrant shades that make up the Bicolor Butterfly Bush or the pretty purple hues of the Black Knight Butterfly Bush bi color 1

No matter the variety, I think we can agree that they are all marvelous! Not only are these amazing shrubs easy on the eyes, but they attract many pollinators. If you are searching for a way to revive your garden, look no further! 

Butterfly Bushes are a great kick start to your garden if planting in the spring or the perfect shrub to plant in fall if you are missing those bright summertime vibes! 

Read through this #ProPlantTips Butterfly Bush 101 Guide from NatureHills.com to learn how to grow and care for your own. Because we already know you are thinking about adding it to your garden :) 

WHERE Should You Plant Your Butterfly Bush?

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Butterfly Bushes are a sucker for the sun, and we mean FULL sun. Make sure to plant these babies where they can receive a full amount of sunlight so they can grow, grow, grow. 

These deciduous shrubs are easy to grow. In addition to full sunlight, they demand well-drained soils. For tips and tricks on the best way to provide your plants with well-drained soil, check out our blog “Well Drained Soil: What Does It Mean?”. 

To optimize Butterfly Bush flowering, provide them with ample moisturization. In dry areas, especially, they will need additional nourishment to flourish. 

Butterfly Bushes are very versatile in where you plant them, as long as they are in the sun. They make a splendid ensemble for foundation plantings, perennial gardens, cottage gardens,  container gardens, and mixed borders! Wherever you decide to plant your Butterfly Bush, we know it is going to look fabulous. Make sure to snap a photo of your next garden extravaganza, and tag us


 on your Instagram (@naturehillsnursery), Facebook (Nature Hills Nursery), or Pinterest (@naturehills) post! 

WHEN Should You Plant Your Butterfly Bush?

We grow our Butterfly Bushes in containers so they can be shipped and planted all throughout the growing season.

Butterfly Bushes become flowering machines from summer into fall. To keep in mind, in warmer climates they will bloom much earlier than in colder climates, where they will grow quickly but begin flowering a bit later. Whatever your specific growing zone, the number of flowers produced by Butterfly Bushes is astonishing! 

In cold climates, treat these as a woody perennial. Some can get to be 8 feet tall! Each winter, this shrub may die to the ground completely. It is a good idea to cut last year's stems to just a few inches so that new growth can develop each late spring from the base. 

Deadheading the old flowers will encourage more and more flowers to develop! Because, who doesn’t want to see their Butterfly Bush bustling constantly with new florals? In addition, deadheading prevents seed development on varieties that may produce seed. 

If you reside in a growing zone that experiences a warmer climate, the tops of Butterfly Bushes will not die back as much. However, as in colder 

climates, you may want to trim them back quite severely. It is important to perform this in early spring for fresh, new growth and to see flowering at 

its finest! 

WHAT Butterfly Bush Should I Choose?

While we think that any Butterfly Bush is the perfect pick for a garden, we do have our favorites! NatureHills.com offers a wide selection that is sure to wow your senses. 

  • BiColor Butterfly Bush: This sensational choice is the first Butterfly Bush to feature multiple colors on each bloom. In addition, its sweet scent is irresistible to pollinators!
  • Miss Pearl Butterfly Bush: Miss Pearl is a lovely, pure white bush that is smaller in size compared to others. Although, she is sure to beg for all the attention in your garden!
  • Lo & Behold Ⓡ Blue Chip Butterfly Bush: The first in a series with a long-lasting blooming season makes this shrub the crown jewel of your garden. It will sparkle as a groundcover or even as a patio plant!
  • Summer Skies Butterfly Bush: Last but certainly not least is a lavender-blue wonder of a Butterfly Bush! It has some spread in it but will overall maintain a natural yet restrained appearance.


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Now that you’ve checked out our favorites, it is time to start planting yours! 

Attracting Pollinators to Your Butterfly Garden

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Now it is no surprise, given their name, that Butterfly Bushes attract…you guessed it, BUTTERFLIES! They attract a wide variety of other pollinators as well. It is because of their naturally enticing shades that Butterfly Bushes lure in all sorts of pollinators. However, we can offer you some additional advice that may enhance your butterfly garden for those pollinators. 

  1. Mix up your colors: Different pollinators will respond to different colors so it is important to have a rainbow of hues. 
  2. “Just add water!”: An important lesson all around but, like any living organism, pollinators need water to survive. A bird bath or water fountain is the perfect way to accomplish this without sacrificing appearance. 
  3. Include native species: Native plants are less prone to pests and disease. Plant Sentry ™ , NatureHills.com trademarked database, offers the latest compliance information to make sure you are planting safe. One example of a native species that fits with the butterfly theme is the Cinderella Butterfly Weed, native to most states in the U.S., which is heavily laden with nectar and pollen. 

Hopefully, after reading, you have found the necessary information to get going on your next butterfly garden OR add to it! We can just see any of NatureHills.com's wide variety of Butterfly Bushes looking spectacular in your yard. 

Happy Planting!

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