It’s amazing how much life a buddleia bush can attract – butterflies, bees, moths, hoverflies and an assortment of other flying insects feasting on the purple offerings.

Buddleia is so simple to grow. Plant it. Leave it. Watch it spring to life and live up to its name (the butterfly bush). Cut it hard back in late autumn/winter and it will be back next year to put a smile on your face, and joy in the heart of even the grumpiest of bumblebee.

Plant one soon.

Go on.

You won’t regret it.

Ps. I’m reliably informed it’s the ‘big butterfly count’ until 11th August – I’m going to have a count, how about you? See for details.

Photo: Courtesy of Lucy King.