Fragrant flowers are a rich sangria-red color. Red color may be more pronounced in the South. This compact plant is smaller than many other buddleia varieties, and its distinctive flower color makes late summer gardens pop! Like all varieties in the “Miss” series, ‘Miss Molly’ is non-invasive.
Cold, wet winters can be really hard on buddleia, so here are a few tips to help your buddleia thrive in your garden:
1. Make sure the soil is well-drained.
2. Full sun. That’s at least 6 hours. No cheating.
3. Plant early in the season. This gives the plants all summer and fall to establish. Fall planting can be chancy in northern regions.
4. Wait until it leafs out in spring before pruning. In some years you may have to prune it back to the ground. After milder winters, maybe not so much. Avoid fall pruning.
This non-invasive variety is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington, though it will be called a “summer lilac” instead of a “butterfly bush.”