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During the shipping season (May thru October), our Facebook fans will receive notification of special promotions being offered on our web site. They will also be periodically posted on which plants are especially nice at that particular time (making these plants a better buy at that particular time).
If you are just getting into butterfly gardening, you've got to get a butterfly bush!   
Butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii) rank high on the list of hummingbird and butterfly attracting plants. They usually bloom from mid July through frost, producing abundant flower spikes which look and smell somewhat like miniature lilacs.
Butterfly bushes are hardy in zones 5-9. They sometimes die back to the ground during the winter and then sprout new growth in May or June. Even with a late start in spring though, they grow rapidly and reach a large size before blooming begins in July. Butterfly Bushes are deer resistant and drought tolerant.

If you are looking for a flowering shrub but don't want a butterfly bush, please check out our new 'Flowering Shrubs' page. There we offer some of the best landscaping shrubs available.

We ship Butterfly Bushes from May through October.
  Important Note: Before you order plants from our nursery, please check to see that we are able to ship to your state. We can only ship plants to 27 states in the USA.
We CAN ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $3.00 service charge to cancel your order and return your payment. 

  2014 Shipping:

Genus, Species Description Price
Buddleia davidii 'White Profusion'

'White Profusion' Butterfly Bush
Large white flower spikes.
Grows 5'-7' high.

 Sorry, Sold out for 2014.

Buddleia davidii 'Miss Molly'

'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush

Magenta flower spikes.
Grows 4'-5' high.
Sorry, Sold out for 2014. 
Buddleia davidii 'Purple Emperor'

'Purple Emperor' Butterfly Bush

Mauve-purple flower spikes.
Grows 4'-5' high.
$7.50 each  
Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red'

'Royal Red' Butterfly Bush

Magenta flower spikes.
Grows 5'-6' high.
$7.50 each 
Buddleia davidii 'Butterfly Heaven'

'Butterfly Heaven' Butterfly Bush

Lavender flower with orange eye,
silvery foliage.  
Grows 5'-7' high.
Sold Out for 2014. 
Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Blue'

'Nanho Purple' Butterfly Bush

Lavender-Blue flower spikes,
silvery foliage.  
Grows 4'-5' high.
$7.50 each 
Buddleia davidii 'Pink Delight'

'Pink Delight' Butterfly Bush

Large pink flower spikes.
Grows 5'-7' high.
$7.50 each 
Buddleia davidii 'Peacock'

'Peacock' Butterfly Bush

Large lavender-pink flower spikes.
Grows 4'-5' high.
$8.50 each 
Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'

'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush

Deep blue-black flowers.
Grows 5'-7' high.
$7.50 each  
Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip'

Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' Miniature Butterfly Bush
Lavender-Blue flower spikes.
Grows 24"-36" high.
$7.50 each 
Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Purple Haze'

Lo & Behold 'Purple Haze' Miniature Butterfly Bush
Lavender flower spikes.
Grows 24"-36" high.
$7.50 each  
Buddleia x weyeriana 'Honeycomb''

'Honeycomb' Butterfly Bush

Yellow flowers.  Grows 5'-7' high.
Note: Yellow Butterfly Bushes do not attract many butterflies, but they do attract honey bees.
Not available in 2014. 
Buddleia davidii ''Attraction'

'Attraction' Butterfly Bush

Large magenta flower spikes.
Grey-green foliage
Grows 10'-12' high.
Not available in 2014.  
Buddleia davidii 'Harlequin'

'Harelquin' Butterfly Bush

Variegated foliage (green/white).
Magenta flower spikes.
Grows 5'-6' high.

 Sold Out for 2014.

Buddleia davidii 'Asian Moon'

'Asian Moon' Butterfly Bush

Lavender flower spikes.
Grows 4'-5' high.

Sold Out for 2014.

Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip'

Lo & Behold Miniature Butterfly Bushes

New for 2013, we are offering the Buddleia Lo & Behold Miniature Butterfly Bushes. They are new, miniature, noninvasive varieties. They will not reproduce.
Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' produces lavender-blue flower spikes and matures at just 24"-30" high. 
Lo & Behold 'Purple Haze' yields deep purple flowers, grows 30"-36" high, and makes an excellent ground cover.
Both 'Blue Chip' and 'Purple Haze' bloom from mid July thru September and both attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' and 'Purple Haze' can be ordered above.

Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Purple Haze'

Buddleia 'Peacock'
'Pink Delight' Butterfly Bush 'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush 'Peacock' Butterfly Bush 'Honeycomb' Butterfly Bush

The Butterfly Bushes listed above are shipped in 3" to  4" deep pots or nursery liners. They are small when shipped, but most will grow 15" - 20" high this summer and all should bloom this summer! By next summer, they should be 3 to 4 feet high and attract butterflies and hummingbirds like a magnet.    We ship via USPS Priority Mail.

Live within driving distance of central Pennsylvania?
If so, you might want to attend one of our Gardening For Butterflies presentations.

Saturday, August 16    and   Sunday, August 17

Please visit the 'Home' page of our web site for more information.

Check out the new flowering shrubs we offer on the 'Flowering Shrubs' page.

Two ways to order: (1) Utilize our on-line shopping cart which uses secure PayPal payment or  (2) print our online order form, fill it out, and then mail it to us, along with your check or money order.   Before you place an order, please check to see that you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship plants to. You will find this list of states near the top of this page.

   Butterfly bushes are hardy in zones 5 - 9. If you live in a colder zone, your butterfly bushes will likely die over the winter. Even so, you may wish to grow them in a container and treat them as an annual. Butterfly bushes prefer full sun (they must receive eight or more hours of sun a day to thrive).

   If you would like a multi-color butterfly bush, simply plant two three small butterfly bushes (each a different color) within a few inches of each other. Upon maturation, the branches will intertwine to produce a multi-color appearance.

Quantities are limited on some of our nursery stock. Plants will be reserved to fill orders in the sequence in which orders are received. Please order at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. Please do not order plants which are not currently posted with a plant description and price. When plants are removed from our availability lists, they are temporarily or permanently out of stock.

When and how should you prune your butterfly bush?

   We suggest cutting butterfly bushes back to about 4 feet high for the winter (so that heavy winter snow won't crush the bush to the ground). And don't cut the butterfly bushes back too early; November is our recommendation.
   Depending upon the severity of winter, your butterfly bush may appear dead in spring. Don't despair. Even when a butterfly bush doesn't develop leaf buds on the previous year's branches, it will usually sprout new growth from the root system. Be patient though. It might be mid May before your butterfly bush will show signs of life.
   In early June, cut off any branches which died over the winter. This is also a good time to trim the butterfly bush to the shape you'd like it to be.
   During its blooming period, usually mid July through September, you might deadhead (remove spend flowers) every two weeks or so. This assures that the bush will put its energy into producing more flowers rather than seed.

                        Don't know what zone you live in? Find the answer on our FAQ page.

Rose Franklin's Perennials
107 Butterfly Lane      Spring Mills, PA  16875

(814) 422-8968        Email:  RoseFranklin@aol.com


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