The color bursts of flowers! The exotic fragrances of leaves; the hypnotic effect of arching stems swaying in the wind; the singing of the trees as gentle breezes rattle their leaves are a few joys of gardening, which is why some of us are drawn to this hobby!
Several Butterfly Bushes have been planted in more formal areas where more effort is made to tidy them up. Early spring is when these bushes that adorn our patios and near gardens are sculpted. Using sharp loppers the weeping side branches are chopped back to a cluster of main stems in the center of the bush. The center stems are left as tall as possible without having the tops droop down. Usually this means some of the top growth is cut back a bit also. Even beefy side stems are removed if they are arching away from the main cluster of center stems. The result is a columnar plant that looks like a plucked chicken, but within a few weeks the bush is covered with fresh new growth. And, shortly after, it will be covered with fresh as a daisy blue or gold or pink or dark purple or light purple or white or reddish purple or bluish purple flowers that will stun and please, not only the life in flight, but you, too.
I have decided to triple the outdoor attraction by adding one spectacular planting to our deck! Three varieties of butterfly bush will emerge from one container! Black Knight requires little care, but provides rich fragrance from dark violet-purple spikes; Pink Delight produces spectacular summer color enhanced by an enticing aroma; and White Profusion emerges stately with clear white blossoms and silvery undersides.
Clip a small branch or twig from a butterfly bush, put it in a pot with soil in it, water it regularly. You have a new butterfly bush. They are beautiful and sweet smelling.