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Posted by sheiladearing on 17 Aug 2010 at 03:10 PM

If you want to do one thing to bring wildlife into your garden, plant a Buddleja, commonly known as the Butterfly Bush. You won’t be disappointed! Today I’ve been admiring the ones planted in the borders at Rosemoor and at this time of year they are doing just what their name implies. They are covered with an array of brightly coloured butterflies all after the nectar that these shrubs obviously produce just to the right recipe. It’s great to see them as with the hard winter there seems to have been very few around in the garden earlier this year. I’ve seen Peacocks, Red Admirals, Dark Green Fritillaries and Tortoiseshells and lots and lots of Bumblebees.

Comma Butterfly

 Red Admiral butterfly

Small tortoiseshell butterfly

When choosing your buddleja you are spoilt for choice – we have white with an orange eye – B.davidii  ‘Darent Valley’, deep purple – B. davidii ‘Black Knight’ AGM, pink – B. ‘Pink Delight' AGM (first class and star of the show), white – B. davidii var. ‘Alba’ and Mauve – B. davidii ‘Dartmoor’ AGM.

 Peacock butterfly on B. ‘Pink Delight'

They thrive in almost any soil, revelling in full sun, flowering from July to September. They are deciduous and do best if hard pruned in March. If you are tight for space, plant the smaller B. davidii ‘Nanho Blue’ or B. davidii ‘Nanho Purple’.

You could stand marvelling at the butterflies enjoying themselves on the fragrant, nectar rich flowers all day, but I’ve got lots to do, but one thing’s for certain, I’m going to plant more in my garden at home this autumn ready for next year’s butterflies.

Helen Round


DaveN said:

Hi Sheila, Great photo's. However, I have a white Buddleja, White Profusion, that does not attract any butterflies. They come to our garden but are not attracted to our white Buddleja.


on 20 Aug 2010 at 01:47 PM

Miranda Hodgson said:

Beautiful pictures! Especially the comma, that's my favourite.

on 25 Aug 2010 at 12:04 PM