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Buddleja davidii Gulliver


Butterfly Bush

Vigorous plant producing large scented flowers

An easy, fast growing shrub for summer scent and colour. Each tiny lilac flower has a conspicuous orange centre and the blooms are clustered together forming fat spikes of flowers through the summer months. Butterflies will flock to the sweet scent to gather nectar.


Buddlejas love a sunny spot at the back of a border away from strong winds so that butterflies and bees can feast in comfort on the scented blooms.


Plant in well drained soil. Water well in dry weather until the plant has established. Cut back to half its height each spring once new leaves are seen.

This plant thrives on heavy pruning every year. Cut back by about half every autumn for best results. Buddleja was previously known as Buddleia

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering July - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 200 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 170 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September