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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2013
12:22 PM

Post #9470822

Has anyone had any experience with planting a butterfly bush as a marginal or bog plant? I'm curious because they re supposed to get good moisture, but then also require well-drained soil.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2013
3:48 PM

Post #9471021

They can't stand to have wet feet - they require drying out before watering again, so I'd say no - a bog setting would kill this shrub.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2013
4:56 PM

Post #9471103

That's what I was afraid of.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2013
5:45 PM

Post #9471142

There's something else you can try, if you really want it in your bog area - build a berm out of gravel and plant it there. It will still be in your bog, but will have dry feet!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9471177

I don't have a bog area actually. It's just that I have really sandy soil except for some of my raised beds which are amended. I keep losing butterfly bushes and with last year's drought, I don't expect I'll plant one again. I was just wondering how it would do as a marginal because I'm not likely to keep it well watered if we have another season like last year.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2013
5:19 AM

Post #9471439

I have tried at lest 8 butterfly shrubs and lost all of them. They were all planted in beds. One in partial shade/sun. Some in full sun. Guess they just don't like this area. I keep my soil amended with cow manure and fertilize twice a year but hasn't helped. At last roundup I was told there is a variety just for Fl. I rec'd one but it doesn't look like its going to make it either. I saw a sign once that said "I tried but it died". I should get that for my butterfly shrubs. LOL
Bonnie

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2013
5:26 AM

Post #9471446

Ha. Good idea!

I guess i could just treat them as an annual, but keeping it alive during drought is questionable.

I wonder though, about Kay's bog idea. I'm expanding the pond this year, just a tiny bit, I'm wondering if I could just build in a little bog and berm for it. hmmmm. something to consider.

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