Buddleja davidii Royal Red (Butterfly Bush) 1.5l

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Butterfly Bush

Attract butterflies to your garden with Buddleja 'Royal Red', an easy-to-grow shrub with beautiful, vivid summer blooms.

There's no better shrub for attracting butterflies to the garden than buddleja, and 'Royal Red' is an especially beautiful variety with deep reddish-pink blooms. During summer, these nectar-rich flowers will be a hive of activity, attracting all kinds of butterflies and bees, so it's ideal if you enjoy a naturalistic style or simply watching wildlife in your garden. This superb, vigorous variety is very easy to grow and doesn't ask for much in the way of care. Perfect for any sunny spot, buddleja thrives in even the poorest or driest of soils and tolerates harsh, exposed conditions. Growing to 3m (10ft) with arching branches, this buddleja provides a lovely, fast-growing screen for fences or walls, but also responds well to a hard prune so can easily be kept to a smaller size. The fragrance is strong and sweet and the blooms are very attractive to bees and butterflies. A lovely choice for a natural looking garden.

Key Features

Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 4m x W 4m (Mature age: 10 Years)

Foliage Colour: Green

Flower Colour: Red, Purple

Fragrant Flower: Yes

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes

Foliage Type: Deciduous

Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Sandy, Loam, Acid, Alkaline

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Urban Garden, Wildlife Garden, Low Maintenance Garden

Season of Interest: Summer, Autumn

Flowering (from - to): July - October

Plant Care & Advice

Buddleja is best planted in full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. Suitable for growing in exposed or coastal areas as well as enclosed spaces like urban or courtyard gardens.

This variety is happy in any well-drained soil. Plant it in borders or shrubberies where there's room for the long branches to spread out. This colourful shrub is perfect for growing at the back of the border or for providing extra screening in front of a wall or fence.

Water well when first planted to help establish the roots and continue to water regularly throughout the first season. Once buddleja is established, it will require very little watering. 

It's not necessary to feed buddleja plants, but they may benefit from an occasional feed during the summer to encourage healthy, lush growth.

After flowering has ended, prune the  branches back to the size required. Buddleja responds well to hard pruning - once established, you can prune the branches right back to the main stem, or cut them to the size you want them.

Deadheading as the flowers fade prolongs the flowering season.