Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials

New Colorful Butterfly Bush

by Charlie Nardozzi


The butterflies have flown South and West for the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking of ways to lure them back into your garden next summer. Butterfly bushes (Buddleia) are great butterfly attractors. While there are many selections available, here’s a new variety that features an unusual flower color and dwarf growth habit.

‘Miss Ruby’ buddleia only grows 4 feet tall and wide. It produced vivid, bright pink flowers in mid-summer on new shoot growth. It is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9. In cold areas it may die back to the ground in winter, but the roots will survive. ‘Miss Ruby’ was rated number one out of 107 buddleias recently trialed by the Royal Horticultural Society at England’s famed Wisley Gardens.

For more information on ‘Miss Ruby’, go to: Color Choice .

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