Summer Skies Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii 'Summer Skies'

Variegated foliage is colorful all season. Fragrant violet-blue flower spikes are produced in abundance all summer. Beautifully scented, adored by butterflies and wonderful for cut flower arrangements. Deer resistant.
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Water regularly during the first growing season. Drought tolerant when established.

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Botanical PronunciationBUD-lee-uh da-VID-ee-eye
Average Size at MaturityReaches 5-6 ft. tall, 4-5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorViolet-blue
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater regularly during the first growing season. Drought tolerant when established.

Thrives in well-drained, average to fertile soil. Water regularly to develop a deep extensive root system. Clip spent flowers to promote continued bloom. Top growth may die to ground in northern climates, re-growing in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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