Last weekend, I cut the butterfly bush in my garden right down. The recent bad weather had made it noticeably tatty, so I figured it was time for a tidy. I chopped it back to about four inches above ground level, on each stem. I had to use a strong loppers as the growth had become quite woody. It took me just over an hour. The variety is ‘Black Knight,’ which has a gorgeous dark colour and gives me a fantastic display every summer. By cutting it back hard, I hope the plant will be revitalised, although we had close to 100 flowerheads at one point this year, which attracted lots of butterflies.
I spread a bag of rotted manure around the plant and I’m looking forward to lots of new vigorous growth next summer, as well as lots of flowers and butterflies.