Irresistible to Butterflies (and Hummingbirds and bees too!) The newest garden and pollinator treat has hit the markets and will bring a vibrant splash of color to your garden this year!
Nature Hills Nursery proudly introduces the new Butterfly Candy® line of Buddleia bushes!
Featuring five fantastic colors and form wonderful low-growing mounds of dense green foliage! Not only do Butterfly Candy™ Butterfly Bushes grow to a space-saving 2-3 feet in height and width, but they are also wonderfully hardy throughout UDSA planting zones 5 to 10 and rebloom with abandon!
Heat and sun-loving flowering ornamentals, these compact flowering shrubs start blooming in the late spring and don’t stop until fall! Your beneficial insects and vital pollinators will appreciate the nearly constant supply of nectar!
Backed by a rounded mound of lightly-toothed, deep green spear-shaped foliage, these Butterfly Bushes are anything but their airy, open-canopied cousins that grow large and leggy!
Holding their blooms upright in the air atop their mound of foliage, the gorgeous inflorescences create cone-shaped panicles that taper into lovely points. Packed with hundreds of little, flared trumpet-shaped blooms which open from the bottom up - making them very long-lasting! Plus they are as fragrant as can be!
Fruity and luscious colors await you and your butterflies! Especially endangered Monarch Butterflies!
This luscious, creamy white flowering Butterfly Bush, Lil' Coconut™ (Buddleia davidii 'BotEx 003' PP34525) with pale yellow flower bases, these long-lasting flowers are perfect in Moon Gardens and accent any other color in the garden!
The prolific tapering blossoms on Lil’ Taffy™ (Buddleia davidii ‘BotEx 005’ PP34703) have a darling bubblegum pink that is perfect for pastel gardens. Sweetly fragrant, you’ll have no shortage of blooms for your pollinators and bouquets!
Amp up the color spectrum of your landscape with this hot-colored Buddleia! The Lil' Raspberry™ (Buddleia davidii ‘BotEx 006’ PP34500) features magenta to ruby-colored panicles that are fat and fluffy, jam-packed with fragrant florets that catch the eye!
Softer and subtle lavender blooms with a tiny splash of orange throats, Lil' Lavender™ (Buddleia davidii 'BotEx 004' PP34378) is lovely when paired with salmon and coral hues, white blossoms, or adding soft color en mass all summer and fall! Perfectly sized for container gardeners and small-scale landscaping, you’ll love the creamy, light-purple blossoms!
The bolder sister to Lil’ Lavender, Lil' Grape™ (Buddleia davidii BotEx 001') features deep dark purple panicles that have a bold color impact and are even showier with their shocking violet centers and throats! These two-tone blooms are eye-catching en masse!
If you want easy … Butterfly Candy® Butterfly Bushes are the definition of easy!
Just provide a full sun location in your garden, at least 6 hours a day of direct sunlight. The morning sun is best to dry the leaves of dew.
Plant Buddleia in a location with very well-drained soil that won’t get soggy. Enrich it with lots of organic matter and compost, and keep your plants well-watered their first year in the ground. Then they only appreciate watering during the hottest months of the year and a little more through a dry winter in the hottest of their favored zone 5 to 10 climates. Check out the ‘Finger Test’ method to know when to water!
All plants do best with a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch to improve the soil, hold in moisture more consistently, and insulate the root systems from heat and chill. Each spring it's also recommended you apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer for flowering shrubs, but please avoid getting lawn fertilizer and high-nitrogen fertilizer anywhere near your flowering shrubs!
Pruning Butterfly Candy® Buddleia is easy too! Just snip back your shrub in the very early spring before you see that first flush of new growth to maintain a tidy, rounded shrub that blooms with abandon! It is best to cut back these plants even in areas where they don’t die back during winter so they produce all fresh new, uniform growth each spring for the best bloom. Comment end Deadhead after flowers fade to encourage repeated waves of reblooming until fall or frost!
Plus, Butterfly Bushes are seldom bothered by deer unless desperate, and they have few pests or disease issues to deal with!
The question really is … where can’t you use these shrubs? Any sunny Pollinator or Butterfly Garden is of course a no-brainer! But you can turn any garden into a butterfly garden with a few of these compact, low-growing accents! Established gardens and small-scale modern lots can all enjoy these radiant blooming shrubs!
Add a bee watering station, hummingbird feeder, Butterfly puddling station, and a birdbath or pond and you’ll have every sort of winged creature around making your landscape their new neighborhood hotspot!
You’ll want to invest in a comfy outdoor reading chair, lawn blanket, or garden bench - plus a butterfly identification book - because once you plant these incredible pollinator garden plants, you will have so many winged visitors stopping by for a visit!
So why not gift yourself, or someone special the gift that keeps on giving with the Butterfly Candy® line of new Butterfly Bushes today? Reserve yours right now before they’re gone at Nature Hills Nursery!