Butterfly Bush update

by Rainbow Bobbins

DSCN8391Back in March I gave the butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) a good hacking taking it down to a quarter of its height. These bushes are considered invasive here in PacNW although Portland Nursery does carry a seedless varieties called ‘summer lilacs’. I doubt my buddleia is the seedless variety because it seems old and this yard has been landscaped by a few different owners over the past 60 years. I am torn about getting rid of it because it came back so beautifully — it is a variegated variety that glows in the sun. I will have to think on this one…In the meantime here are some before and after pics from the spring hack-fest to this morning. I see why this plant is labeled an invasive, escape artist bully — it can take a licking:

IMG_0941Above picture is of the bush/tree slaughter back in March. Below is the butterfly bush this morning:

DSCN8314The blooms have just arrived – and I’ve spotted a couple of butterflies. Sweet.

DSCN8317I have plans to transform this area of the garden over the next few years…mainly removing sod, adding hardscape path to an old shed and planting some shade-friendly plants. More to come.