Fresh Butterfly Bush Varieties From Proven Winners

Proven Winners® has come out with a lovely series! This “MISS” series grows a medium height, just 4-5 feet tall and has a refined, elegant growth habit with intense colors.  It makes a perfect accent for that sunny spot in your garden or yard. ‘Miss Molly’ is as close to red as you will find in a butterfly bush and ‘Miss Pearl’ has a white so bright you can see it at night!
These beautiful varieties bloom profusely through the summer.  They attract butterflies, of course, and also bees and hummingbirds.  They are seedless so they are non-invasive, heat tolerant, and deer resistant.  AND they are fragrant!  With very little maintenance, ‘Miss Molly’, ‘Miss Violet’, ‘Miss Pearl’, and ‘Miss Ruby’ will bloom every year! Make sure to plant butterfly bush in well drained soil with at least 6 hours of full sun each day.  Don’t forget the Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Plus to reduce transplant shock and give roots ample nutrients for best growth.  Prune butterfly bush only after new growth has begun to emerge in spring. It may take several weeks to appear, so be patient and resist the urge to prune sooner.

Miss Pearl – crisp, clean, pure white flowers of ‘Miss Pearl’ buddleia are the perfect accent for any landscape, from a cottage garden to more formal plantings. The newest member of the perfectly-sized “Miss” series, it offers a new color of these non-invasive butterfly bushes. ‘Miss Pearl’ blooms for months and will never be without dozens of honey-scented flowers in the summer time.


Miss Violet – Just like her sisters, ‘Miss Molly’ and ‘Miss Ruby’, ‘Miss Violet’ is a compact plant with vibrant flower color, but with loads of dark purple-violet summer flowers.Seedless and non-invasive; deer resistant, too! Winner of a Green Thumb award from the Direct Gardening Association.


Miss Molly – Fragrant flowers are a rich sangria-red color. Red color may be more pronounced in the South. This compact plant is smaller than many other buddleia varieties, and its distinctive flower color makes late summer gardens pop! Like all varieties in the “Miss” series, ‘Miss Molly’ is non-invasive.


Miss Ruby -Brilliant rich pink summer blooms unlike any other variety. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Fragrant. Deer resistant. It has compact habit and remarkably vivid, rich pink blooms. The distinctive magenta flowers are more vibrant than that of any other buddleia variety.


A Bit About Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a beloved flowering shrub here in the south.  Here at The Family Tree we carry over 30 types of hydrangeas and get many questions about what to plant where, how to plant and how to maintain the plants from season to season. One of the top questions we get is “How do I properly prune my hydrangeas?”  It’s a great question to ask since the different varieties need pruning at different times of the year.

To know when to prune you will have to know what type your plant is. There are three main types of hydrangeas: Big leaf hydrangeas (lace-caps and mop-heads), Panicle Hydrangeas, and Oakleaf .

BIG LEAF HYDRANGEA Hydrangea macrophylla
This class includes mopheads such as Nikko Blue and Bloomstruck and lace-cap like Twist and Shout. Big Leaf Hydrangeas have large, thick, serrated leaves and typically upright growth habit.  They prefer filtered shade. They won’t flower well in all shade and may wilt in too much sun.  They don’t deal well with wet feet so give them good well drained soil.  Fertilize with a fertilizer specifically for roses and hydrangeas.  You can change the color of your flowers on Big Leafs by adding soil acidifiers to make them blue and lime to make them pink.  Prune immediately after flowering (if you feel it’s necessary).

This plant produces gracefully arching branches and pyramidal clusters of white in June-August, then pink-tinged in the fall.
Grow in moist, but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Noteworthy panicles are Limelight, Little Lime, Quick Fire, and Strawberry Vanilla.  H. paniculata blooms on the current season’s wood; it may be cut back to a few buds to form a framework in spring to produce larger flowers, or allowed to grow with minimal pruning.  These varieties look great in fall when the rest of the garden starts to get ready for winter.

The Oakleaf hydrangea is a dramatic, white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest.  Large oak leaf shaped leaves turn a beautiful burgundy in fall with large white cone shaped flowers in summer turning pink in fall.  Flowers make wonderful dried cut flowers for arrangements.  It blooms best in areas where summers are somewhat hot.  Oakleaf hydrangeas thrive with very little attention. Bloom occurs on old wood. Prune if needed immediately after flowering (little pruning is usually needed).  

Hydrangeas don’t necessarily have to be pruned other than to cut out dead branches or to keep them the size that you want. So start by tiding up the plant by removing the old blooms. Snip off the faded blooms just below the flower head and remove any additional pieces at the soil line. Big Leaf form next year’s flower buds in late summer/early fall so to reduce the risk of removing these buds for next year’s flowers, prune just as the flowers begin to fade.

In a Nut Shell:

  1. Summer pruning after flowers fade
    • Oakleaf and Bigleaf or Florist Hydrangea-Bloom on old wood so prune immediately after blooming. If you wait, you may not get blooms the next year.
  2. Late winter early spring pruning
    • Hills-of-Snow or Sevenbark Hydrangea
    • Peegee Hydrangea
    • Tea of Heaven
  3. Prune as needed to control growth
    • Climbing Hydrangea


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