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By Cestina

South Bohemia, Czech Republic Cz

Have just sadly turned my lovely Buddleia into firewood since it did not survive the -30 winter. Am not entirely unhappy about it because I foolishly planted it in a walled raised bed and have since discovered that the roots would eventually have damaged the walls. However I shall desperately miss my butterflies which flocked to it in the summer.

Any suggestions for a bush that could replace it, perhaps something not so rambunctious as a buddleia but that is truly frost hardy (though the winter was exceptionally long this year apparently) and which attracts butterflies?



how about hardy perennials that will be undergrount for the worst of the winter
also if you go to B at the bottom of the page there are lots of photo's of butterflies on plants from different parts of the world-- and bumble bees as well

30 May, 2010


What about a Hebe .... or Syringa maybe - i've learned this week from GoY member Hywel that there are dwarf Syringa varieties, that might be useful Cestina.

31 May, 2010


a few people have reported hebe's dying with the cold but mostly the grey or variegated leaf ones

31 May, 2010


I'd really like something that flowers later in the year. The buddleia was ideal from that point of view. Picked up when most of the other bushes had gone over. I have a beautiful white Hibiscus (they do very well here) and could get another but I have never noticed butterflies on it though maybe that's because they went to the buddleia?

I would love a ceanothus but fear it wouldn't stand the winters. Am I right?

31 May, 2010


I'm sure that you are Cestina-- I think only hardy to about -5C , viburnum ' dawn' comes to mind as the small flowers are sweetly scented late autumn and into the winter here, it may be worth checking its hardiness but have no problems here

31 May, 2010


Viburnum Dawn is very pretty - just looked at it. But to be even more fussy - I'm really looking for blue or white.....all that side of the courtyard is in those colours. Cream at a pinch would do as well......

31 May, 2010


There's a new cultivar of Buddleia davidii available, a dwarf form, called "Buzz". Might be worth investigating.

31 May, 2010


Thanks Bamboo, that looks perfect but have just checked with my tame nurseryman and it's not yet available in the CR :-(

For butterflies he suggests a White Echinacea (which I don't much like) or a blue-flowering Agastache. That looks a possibility.....

31 May, 2010

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