The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Buddleia alternifolia in the Upper Garden

Buddleia alternifolia var. 'Argentea' in the Upper Garden is elegant and graceful. This butterfly bush can get up to 12 feet tall. I usually prune a third of the plant to the ground each year which helps keep it in scale of the garden at about 5-6 feet. The lavender flowers boom in late spring each year on pendulous branches. The silver foliage is an effective foil for the garden in the summer and fall.


  1. Michael, it's so delicate and spidery, your Buddleia, against the mass of green. A perfect setting for it. I wonder, are you getting butterflies?

  2. Faisal, unfortunately, this Buddleia blooms on the early side when there aren't as many butterflies around. I think if it bloomed later it would be loaded with them.

  3. I agree with Faisal, this variety is wonderfully graceful and spider-like. If you can grow it in New Hampshire, I may succeed in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. It's worth a try -- if I can find it. The selection in Canada is much more limited than in the U.S., whether from nurseries or catalogues. Very frustrating when you search unsuccessfully.

    1. I think this plant is hardier than acknowledged, Pat. I like it better each year. It is worth giving try. It likes full sun and get excellent drainage in my garden. I am growing clematis through it for a second season of bloom.



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