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Buddleia 'Summer Skies'
ENLARGE IMAGE Variegated foliage attracts attention!

Buddleia 'Summer Skies'

A bold, colorful choice for sunny spots!
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $14.99
  • Variegated yellow leaves make a strong statement in the garden
  • Lavender blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds
  • More colorful than other butterfly bushes
  • Cold and heat tolerant
  • Plant in full sun
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Buddleia 'Summer Skies' Description

‘Summer Skies’ butterfly bush (Buddleia x) will make everyone ask, “What’s that?!” Not for shrinking violets, it’s a big, bold variegated butterfly bush with very bright foliage that really makes a statement. Yellow and green leaves don’t fade in the sun and give an almost tropical look, even though this butterfly bush is hardy to USDA zone 5. It has lavender blooms all summer, but we think the amazing leaves are the main attraction. An awesome choice for colorful, bountiful container plantings as well as landscaping and flower gardening.

Growing tips: Butterfly bush are easy to grow but are very sensitive to wet soils, especially during cold weather. Do not add anything to the soil when planting, and plant it a bit higher in the soil than you would other plants. Do not prune or cut back until you see new growth emerge in spring. This can take several weeks, so be patient!

Note: Cannot be shipped to Oregon or Washington

Special features: Attracts butterflies, Attracts hummingbirds, Drought tolerant, Long blooming, Variegated foliage, Deer resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Buddleia x 'Summer Skies'
  • Common name:
    Butterfly bush
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun (6+ hours)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Well-drained, even dry soil, is essential.
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry to moderate (if soil is well-drained)
  • Height x width:
    1.5-2' tall and wide
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Specimen, flower gardens, butterfly and hummingbird gardens
  • Patent:PP 22,465
  • Cannot ship to:
    OR, WA



Soil:  Wet soil is the biggest threat to butterfly bush; plant only in well-drained spots. In clay soils, do not amend the soil with anything at planting time, and plant the butterfly bush so it's slightly above, rather than even with, the soil surface. 
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day).
Water:  Err on the side of under-watering, rather than over-watering, butterfly bush
Space:  min. 2' apart
Fertilizing:  Little fertilizer is needed. If little new growth emerges in spring, a bit of granular rose fertilizer can help it rebound more quickly.
Winterizing:  Do not apply a thick layer of mulch – any mulch that is present should be thin or absent closest to the plant. In cold climates, leave intact through fall to help minimize any winter dieback.
Maintenance:  Wait until you see new growth emerge in spring before cutting back. At that point, remove any dead wood, cutting just above where new growth is emerging. Butterfly bush does not need to be deadheaded for continuous bloom.