Most Fragrant Butterfly Bush for PA?

treehugger101July 29, 2014

Winter has killed several of the smaller varieties over the years so I am looking for one 4-6' that has an amazing fragrance, reblooms and can be trimmed. Any suggestions?

Terri

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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

huh.
I LOVE my Black Knight and Royal Red, but they get a bit big. Their scent and color are amazing. They did get slammed by the cold this year, but I just chopped them down to the ground and they're like new shrubs.

Check the Botany shop.

Here is a link that might be useful: Botany Shop

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:28PM
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treehugger101

CEFreeman - Thanks for the link. Your bushes look amazing but wow. They are way too big for my space. I am hoping someone posts here with short and "sweet" varieties. Thanks so much!!!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 6:51AM
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treehugger101

Anyone know anything about Ellen's Blue? Is it fragrant? Do butterflies love it? I have seen butterfly bushes that are ignored by butterflies and even bees. Thanks for your help.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:43PM
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sam_md

I have linked an article about research by Longwood Gardens on BB, its worth reading.

Here is a link that might be useful: Butterfly Bush article

    Bookmark   September 8, 2014 at 3:25AM
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agardenstateof_mind

Thank you, Sam, for an excellent article. As gardeners, we have a responsibility to be well-informed, good stewards.

The problem with butterfly bush, aside from possible invasive tendencies, is that although butterflies, bees, and other pollinators may love the nectar, it provides no food for the caterpillars. No caterpillars = no butterflies.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2014 at 1:50PM
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