Butterfly bush decorates the garden28 July 2016
There are not many plants that are so attractive to butterflies as the butterfly bush. With its long flower spikes, in lovely colours, the butterfly bush decorates a garden. This garden plant flowers for a long time, until deep in the late summer, keeping the garden colourful even then. The Garden Plant of the Month for August makes sure of that!
Photos: Flower Council Holland
Blaze of colours on and around the plant
The butterfly bush (Buddleja) is a deciduous shrub that flowers from July to October. There is a large assortment of them, with fascinating colours ranging from white, blue, pink and lilac, making it a striking plant in the garden. The spikes can vary in length from 10 up to 30 cm. The bush can grow from 0.50 to 4 meters! It is handy to ascertain this in advance when deciding where to place the plant in the garden. Their one common aspect is that they all attract colourful butterflies with the honey-sweet scent of their flowers, just like the name implies. And who doesn't want butterflies in their garden? That is the perfect "garden feeling" for both adults and children. Butterfly bushes do as well in pots and containers as in the garden soil.
With a few simple tips, the butterfly bush remains healthy and beautiful:
- Most important is a place half in the shade or full sun, the butterfly bush loves warmth.
- Put the plant in well-drained, moist soil and water it regularly.
- Give the plant additional fertiliser in the spring to encourage long and profuse blooming and to stay healthy.
- When the dead flowers can be removed, new flowers are formed after 3-4 weeks, making the plant decorative for a very long time.
- In principle, the butterfly bush is winter hardy if it is pruned at the right moment. If it is pruned too early in the winter, the branches can freeze.
- "Keeping it short" is very important for the butterfly bush. It encourages them to grow well, flower profusely and remain young and healthy. When the plant is not pruned, they can take space away from other plants or cut them off from the sun. The branches can grow quite big, so use a set of good pruning shears or wood saw.
- The best period for pruning is the end of February or beginning of March. Pruning earlier is not recommended because the branches can freeze.
- A handy tip for the tall varieties is to cut them back to knee height. The shorter varieties can be cut back even further. Don't hesitate to prune the butterfly bush severely, it will produce new shoots and flower again profusely in the summer and autumn.
Garden Plant of the Month
The panicle hydrangea is in the spotlights in July as Garden Plant of the Month. 'Garden Plant of the Month' is an initiative of Mooiwatplantendoen.nl. Growers and landscaping specialists from the horticultural sector select one garden plant monthly at the request of Mooiwatplantendoen.nl with the intention to inspire and excite others.
Royal FloraHolland draws additional attention to the Garden Plant of the Month campaign by creating product presentations at various locations. For example, each month Royal FloraHolland displays the new Garden Plant of the Month in the presentation area in Naaldwijk and in several auction rooms.
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At the beginning of each month, you can find the Garden Plant of the Month at:
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