|Part of the
You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: August 7, 2005
The Butterfly Bush is a hardy perennial that flowers during the summer
and lasts in your garden until late in the season. Your garden will attract
butterflies with the butterfly bush. The first year it gets its roots but by
the second year it is putting out beautiful clumps of flowers. This sunny shrub
has flowers that attract butterflies.
Each clump of flowers grows 6 to 8 inches long, with tiny perfect little
flowers. Produces a nice fragrance and is also known as the Summer Lilac.
The leaves of a butterfly bush are a different shade of green, some call it
blue green, and will offer a nice offset color to the rest of the garden.
Since it grows up to 8 feet high, works well as a backdrop to other plants in
the garden. Despite winter wear, it grows back fast once weather warms up. You
can cut stems back to 6 inches in spring.