The point is you can’t plant Miss Molly anywhere from zones 5a to 9a without fear of unwanted spread. Miss Molly will offer everything you have been looking for, nice shape and size, and rare colorful blooms packed with butterflies. I have planted mine in a bed with the dwarf Pugster butterfly bushes, Limelight Prime hydrangeas and Fire Light Tidbit hydrangeas. I also added tropical touches from giant alocasia elephant ears and a Red Abyssinian banana. In the very front of the bed I have Truffula Pink gomphrena and Rockin Playin the Blues salvia.
Miss Molly like other buddleia can grow in a variety of soils and soil pH with the mandatory requirement being drainage. Wet soggy winter soil will spell doom for the butterfly bush and a host of other landscape plants, too. The next requisite is sunlight. This is where I find most of my challenges. Though I would say I am lacking in sunlight, I do have just enough to keep the butterfly bush blooming.
Miss Molly has some other benefits that will cause rejoicing, besides being the most beautiful plant in the garden. From summer through fall it is resistant to both deer and rabbits. It is tough in heat and humidity, as well as those temporary occasions of drought and dry soil. Besides butterflies, you will be hosting bees, and hummingbirds too making it a winner in my book!
I remember well the first buddleia I saw as a young ornamental horticulturist with Mississippi State University; it was well over two stories tall. It had a gnarly rustic look and was growing next to an old farmhouse. Miss Molly will keep you more in the shrub business. I heartily recommend reading the Proven Winners Ultimate Guide to Butterfly Bush which is easy to find online the ProvenWinners.com web site.
Norman Winter is a horticulturist and national garden speaker. He is a former director of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Follow him on Facebook at Norman Winter “The Garden Guy.” See more photos and columns by Norman at SavannahNow.com/lifestyle/home-garden/.
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