20 Butterfly Bushes

This week I went to my mom’s house to do a little digging.  Back in the late spring we noticed small butterfly bush seedlings beginning to sprout in the pathway’s of her vegetable garden. As they grew large enough to transplant the weather became hot and transplanting wasn’t a great idea. Then my father passed away and just about everything gardening related was set aside until later.  Now it’s later and these 20 butterfly bushes that sprouted from seed have been transplanted into a variety of pots.

Fortunately for me there was very little digging. The plants sent roots across the surface of the soil and were completely blocked from getting a grip on the soil below because of a weed blocking fabric. Unfortunately for the butterfly bushes the roots have grown sideways!  It will take some time but the roots will eventually correct themselves in their pots. The bushes are suffering from a little shock but should rebound fine.  It’s hard to stop a butterfly bush from growing!

Monarch Butterfly on ‘Attraction’ Butterfly Bush

It won’t be long before these butterfly bushes are ready to invite flocks of fluttering butterflies for dinner!

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Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. Yay for butterfly bushes :) 20 is quite a lot, but if you have space, they will make quite an impact!

    ~Happy Gardening!

  2. Butterfly Bush is my all time favorite bush! They are so hardy and true to their name. They call in the butterflies in our gardens. I now have them in 2 shades of purple, white, yellow and pink! I am on the look out for that Tennessee Orange bush :-)

  3. @_emily_rose They would make a great hedge wouldn't they?

  4. @Skeeter I've seen some mulitcolored butterfly bushes but no orange yet! I wonder if anyone is trying to breed that color?

  5. What a beautiful display they will all make when they bloom Dave. Those little pollinators are going to love your garden.

  6. That's a lot of butterfly bushes. Happy butterflies for you!

  7. I really like those bushes. Must get one for my garden.
    Skeeter, if you find the orange let me know.

  8. You have a really great Gardening site pal.

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  9. Dave,

    Someday I am going to have a butterfly bush. You make it sound like they are not too hard to grow. Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing.

  10. I do hope your Butterfly bushes recover from the move and the horizontal roots soon and that they grow wonderfully! I look forward to seeing future posts about them. We just happened on a bush that was just covered with butterflies and bees and I took a few pictures but nothing as wonderful as the butterfly you have posted here. I am so sorry you lost your father. Mine died last January also. God bless–

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