Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.
If you crave a butterfly bush but lack the elbow room these sprawling shrubs need, this miniature is for you. Plants form a mound 24 to 30 inches tall and wide. This small butterfly bush beckons pollinators, resists deer and won’t self-sow all over your yard. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’
When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape designer Katharine Webster noted blank, rectangular spaces in the entry leading to the home's front door. With voices of her Harvard professors in her head saying, "don't make corners for squirrels to die in," Webster filled the blank spaces with artwork and drought-tolerant shrubs.
With its bistro lights, hydrangea bushes and views of the balcony above, this patio becomes a romantic retreat right in the owners' backyard. Here, a traditional wood table and set of chairs encourage dining al fresco, while the formal sitting area waits at the ready for drinks.