I get so much pleasure from my butterfly bush. Once it begins to bloom, It is always a flutter with butterflies, hummers, moths, and bees. It is rare to come out to the deck and not see something enjoying its nectar.
The reason I get so much pleasure from it is that I can SEE it. Yes, I have it planted right next to the deck. I can stand there and look down and get a very close view. When I sit at the table, I am only 2 - 3 feet away.
A few years ago I had this planted in one of the main garden beds. I did not enjoy it nearly as much because I only saw it when I took a walk in that direction (maybe once or twice a day).
So what's my point? Just give a little thought to where you plant something like a butterfly bush. If you have a deck or a patio that you use often, try to put it near the place you like to sit and relax. If you rarely sit outside, then how about a window that you will be looking through daily? You will get so much added pleasure from it, if you can actually see all of the activity it generates.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.