Butterfly Bush wind burn HELP!
Gardening for over 25 yrs, but just moved to rural southwestern Ontario Canada (right across from Detroit Michigan) - first year gardening with almost constant moderate to strong winds off the surrounding farmlands, and punishing sun.
Most of my plant selections for these conditions are doing well, but the several butterfly bushes I purchased for the back area of the garden are being burned by the wind. I've got pampas grasses and heliopsis behind them to act as a bit of a windbreak for the rest of the garden, but they are not big enough yet to grant the butterfly bushes any protection. I've mulched them and give them super generous waterings ever day, but they are still suffering. Any suggestions? Should I build little canvas windscreens to protect them until the other plants are big enough to give some protection, or should I move them to less windy areas if there is any hope for them making it? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Evaline from Essex Ontario