Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) ‘White Ball’

Easy-to-grow butterfly bushes attract multitudes of butterflies all day long.


Not many plants are as prolific blooming, fun or versatile as the Buddleia or Butterfly Bush. Also called Summer Lilac, it is the one plant that can be found in almost every butterfly garden around the world as it is a virtual butterfly magnet, attracting more butterflies than just about any plant growing in temperate climates. The beautiful flower panicles that appear for several months emit a sweet honey fragrance that will be a favorite of every butterfly in your neighborhood. This week we are featuring ‘White Ball’, a new, super-compact, white-flowering Buddleia davidii variety that vastly increases the number of places you can grow a butterfly bush.


‘White Ball’ – A New Dwarf Butterfly Bush ideal for the smaller garden.


Buddleia ‘White Ball’ is a dwarf butterfly bush that can only be described as cute! The bright silver-grey foliage grows into a tight ball, only 3 feet tall and wide, half to one-third normal size. Spikes of white flowers surround ‘White Ball’ all summer – attracting butterflies for miles around. ‘White Ball’ is the longest, most prolific blooming butterfly plant we have seen. If you remove the faded blooms, ‘White Ball’ will blossom continuously from June right up to killing frost. With its silvery foliage and pure white fragrant blooms, this new hybrid is a particularly nice addition to the night-blooming moon garden. Usually relegated to the border background, now you can enjoy a handsome butterfly bush in the foreground of your garden.


Buddleias have a reputation for being easy to grow and ‘White Ball’ is no exception. Plant in a location where it will have full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, it is surprisingly drought tolerant. Cut back the branch tips in the spring for a fuller bush and improved blooms. It does not require the severe annual pruning needed by other butterfly bushes. As with all Buddleias, ‘White Ball’ is never eaten by deer.


Planting and Care


For best results plant in early spring.

Prefers full sun.

Plant 4 feet apart in well-drained soil.

Cut back lightly every spring.

Water regularly until established.

Hardy in zones 5-9.

Fertilize with Plant-Tone in early spring.

Click here to view Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) ‘White Ball’ on the Carroll Gardens website.

Attracting Butterflies – Make Your Garden A Paradise

Wondering at the heading well this is called butterfly gardening and what is that you may ask. Well it simply means growing that sort of colorful and attractive plants so that butterflies will visit your garden. Your family and friends will be delighted looking at the dainty and wonderful creatures. But make sure you create a habitat that is safe for them. In case you have cats as pets then forget this as it is cruel to invite these lovely insects to death.

The garden you create to attract these lovely insects is a matter of personal choice. Some general things to keep in mind would be the size and types of plants and flowers you plan to grow. Choose that garden style that holds an appeal to you but also make sure it contains the types of flowers and plants that will attract the butterflies that you want.

It is vital to know the species or types of butterflies in your locality and then find out the kinds of plants that will attract them! You can find more information regarding this in your local library. For creating an environment that will appeal to them you also should keep water of some type. Birdbaths are useful in appealing yet keeping hem safely away from cats and puppies. A small dish that can be hung on a nearby tree or post will also serve the purpose.

While planting the garden carefully co-ordinate colours in the flowerbeds. This is not because the butterflies are finicky about colours but because you do not want a bad looking and ill coordinated garden with unrelated textures and colours. Butterflies are attracted more to nectar more than than pollen hence you can go for flowers like day lilies, lavender, yellow sage, purple coneflower, daisies, Valerian, summer lilacs, milkweed and honeysuckle.

Some people draw a detailed layout with colour so that they can have a preview of what the garden will resemble once it is done. Always remember that too bright colours like reds and oranges are showy and flashy. They are better against a greener background. Toned down Colours like purples and blues are cool and soothing and will work better against a white contrast for that look of brightness and freshness.