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I saw a dwarf form of butterfly weed advertised recenly that I would dearly love to keep in a container and overwinter indoors possibly. The normal ones haven't ever come back for me, even planted in more sheltered areas. What do you think?
I've never had a Butterfly Bush come back the next year either. I'm in zone 5. I gave up on them. A couple weeks ago my DD talked me into buying one again. This time I planted it in a big container and put it on the patio. Since I have an unheated greenhouse, I plan on putting in there for the winter after I cut it back. I don't see why you can't do the same in your house. I'd still cut it back though. However it will probably continue to grow in your heated home. It won't get the sun it needs and will probably drop leaves like crazy. Sounds messy. I also don't know if the plant needs to go dormant and a period of cold or not. It won't get that indoors. Hopefully somebody else will post and give better advice.
grrrlgeek: I live way out in DeKalb County farm country. Open fields and lots of cold winter winds. If you live in town, where there's more protection, you may have better luck than I. Maybe you can keep it in your garage or basement near a window for the winter like some people do with geraniums.
We have a townhouse with another row facing us and the shared driveway is a wind tunnel all year round. At the end, where a fence or hedge should be,is a large emergency access gate. I tried to get the builder to do something before the home owners association took effect, like a solid gate with a hedge on either side (the noise from the road is bad, too), but they wouldn't bother. It may be okay, it's in the ground not too far from the house, and has some protection from some low grow sumac bushes i'm in the process of bonzai-ifying.
Actually, what I meant is, I'm bonzai-fying them to death. I don't like them, but it would probably freak out my neighbors (=home owners association) to pull them out before there's anything taking their place. As the butterfly bush and lilac grow, the sumacs disappear ;~> They're much cuter as tiny bushlets.