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Pink Delight Butterfly Bush

pink-delight-butterfly-bush The Pink Delight butterfly bush features long spray of bright pink flowers all summer long. They are very fragrant, and attract a cloud of butterflies and hummingbirds.

The fragrance has been described as similar to honey. The flower sprays are made of many tiny densely packed flowers.

This bush makes an attractive specimen or background plant. It is deciduous and loses its leaves in the fall. It thrives in full to partial sun and is very hardy. This perennial grows very quickly to a height of 6 to 8 feet and spreads to up to 6 feet wide.

Landscape Ideas for the Pink Delight

The Pink Delight butterfly bush is perfect for a cottage garden. Its attractive, fragrant flower spikes are graceful as they arch over the other plants.

The bright pink color will make it a focal point. Plant it with old fashioned roses, calla lilies and daisies to complete the cottage look.

This butterfly bush also works well as a border plant or in an eco-friendly garden since it is drought tolerant once it is established. You must have one if you want to attract wildlife like butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. The showy flowers make an excellent display all summer long.

Butterfly Bush Care

To care for your Pink Delight, plant it in full or partial sun. Water it regularly until it is well-established.

It grows fast, so you can either prune it back after flowering or prune it all the way to the ground in early spring before new growth begins. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in early spring. The Pink Delight butterfly bush is very low maintenance.

To keep more blooms going, deadhead the faded ones throughout the season. Deer tend to avoid eating this shrub, so if they are an issue in your yard, this is definitely a plant to consider. This shrub is relatively pest free.

In some areas, the seedlings can become bothersome and may need to be pulled. You can create a more compact shrub by pinching out the new tips to encourage branching.

If the Pink delight is not available locally, you can purchase it online at Nature Hills.

Butterfly Bush Information

  • Scientific Name: Buddleia davidii 'Pink Delight'

  • Best Soil: Adaptable to most soils

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foilage: Gray green

  • Fall Color: yellow

  • Bloom: Fragrant pink flower spikes from summer through fall

  • Mature Size and Shape: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide in an upright, spreading form

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant at least 4 feet apart if you are making a border

  • Photo courtesy-Nature Hills

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