We were attracted to this buddleia because it is compact and saves space, but it's literally covered in huge 10 to 12 inch panicles of pure white blooms. The bush itself keeps a compact gumdrop like shape through the year with very attractive silver green foliage. Although the best blooming power is in its initial bloom in mid to late summer, secondary blooms will extend the flowering season.
The Humdinger® collection consists of compact bushes that pack the maximum punch. They bloom weeks earlier than most other buddleia and maximize blooms over a small area. This small to medium sized upright selection of butterfly bush is sure to capture the hearts of pollinators and plant enthusiasts everywhere. The butterfly bush is a staple of many gardens due to its fast growth rate, hardiness, and prolific blooms. Arriving in late summer, the bottle shaped blooms of this buddleia are 10-12 inches in length and a crisp white that pull in hints of blue and lavender depending on the light. They are sure to be a heavenly presence in your garden. Butterly bushes are named such because they are a bounty for pollinators attracting hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators to their sweet-scented blooms.
Photos courtesy of Walter Gardens
|Bloom Color:||Pure white|
|Bloom Period:||mid-summer to fall|
|Genus & Species:||Buddleia 'Little Angel' PP28204|
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||3 to 4 ft.|
|Plant Spacing:||4 to 5 ft.|
|Planting Depth:||Crown level with the soil line|
|Planting Time:||Spring or fall planting|
|Soil Type:||Moist well drained soil - drought resistant when established|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun (6+ hours)|
|Zone:||5 to 10|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Buddleia 'Little Angel' Humdinger® Collection
Buddleias - Butterfly Bush - are most successful when planted in rich, well drained soil high in organic matter. They benefit from alkaline conditions so periodic treatment of lime can be beneficial to growth and flower production. Once established buddleias are moderately drought resistant, but should be monitored for stress during extended periods of dry weather. Pruning is suggested especially in northern locations in order to stimulate growth, cutting them back to about 12 inches promotes new growth and more flowers. Pruning also promotes denser more compact plants, and will restore plants that have become stringy, thin or open. Similar to crape myrtles buddleias break dormancy late in the spring, so don't worry if they are still sticks when the rest of your plants are leafed out. Just be patient and they will explode with growth by mid to late spring.