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FROM: Weekend, 8 September 2018

Gardening — Monty Don

The butterfly’s best buddy

Monty with B. davidii ‘Black Knight’

Want to tempt more butterflies into your garden? They’ll find buddleias’ countless nectar-laden blooms impossible to resist, says Monty Don


The reason buddleia is also known as the butterfly bush is completely obvious in late summer. If you look at any of the millions flowering in our gardens, it will either be smothered in nectar-guzzling butterflies of all kinds or you won’t have to wait long to see some. Butterflies adore them because each of the plume-shaped ‘flowers’ is actually an inflorescence made up of scores of tiny flowers, each one wafting its nectar fragrance to attract passing butterflies - so each flowering cone is a feast.