Butterfly Bush & Smooth Hydrangea

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Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush & Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea

Amazing Apart, But Better Together

Butterfly bushes and hydrangeas make a powerful duo with their big, bodacious blooms and care-free nature! Come summer, both shrubs are bursting with hundreds of blooms. The white flowers from Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea add a refreshing contrast to the jewel-tone purple blooms of Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush. But the show doesn’t stop there! Flowers of Incrediball® take on chartreuse-green tones they age, creating an even more colorful display come fall.

The best part? Growing both plants is nearly foolproof. They are both reliable and easy to grow, which means you can enjoy the display summer to frost, year after year, all without deadheading midseason. You can even keep the spent flowers for winter interest, too! Prune the hydrangeas and clean up the butterfly bushes in the spring, then you’ll be ready for another show. We think they look best together when planted as a hedge (seen here), but wherever you plant them, you can’t go wrong.

Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush

(Buddleia x)

You can finally get big flower drama without a bulky habit with Pugster Periwinkle® from Proven Winners, which only grows 2’ tall and 2-3’ wide and grows full-size flowers. Its thick, sturdy stems hold these pretty, pollinator-attracting blooms aloft with ease and are less brittle than other butterfly bush, which gives them better winter hardiness. So you’ll get to see these massive, pretty purple flowers year after year, from the beginning of summer ‘til frost, with no maintenance.

Rounded mound of green foliage with large pink blooms
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Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea

(Hydrangea arborescens)

Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs developed Incrediball® Hydrangea as a stronger, non-flopping replacement to Annabelle hydrangea. This selection has sturdy, thick stems, so the flowers stay upright all summer long. The perfect 5′ tall habit of Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea makes it an ideal specimen or flowering hedge. You can’t go wrong with this new, improved version of the old-fashioned favorite.

Written by: Miranda Niemiec, click here to read bio.

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