Invasive — Really?

Since I have moved the outdoor table and grill away from the house I have an empty space.

I’d like to plant a pretty shrub here.
I’m picturing something like this.

This area could needs some interest.

A butterfly bush is just the right color for this space but it’s an invasive species.

I was planning to put a butterfly bush (buddleia) in there until I started to do research.  Apparently in Maryland butterfly bush is considered an invasive plant and not recommended.

This would definitely be too large this close to the house.

One alternative to butterfly bush is ChasteTree (Vitex) which usually grows very large — 10′ to 20′ tall.

Blue Diddley Chaste Tree

But I’ve found a new variety call “Blue Diddley” that only grows 3′ to 6′.

Any experience with this bush?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Invasive — Really?”

  1. There are sterile varieties of buddleia, I believe. I don’t know their names. The regular ones are highly invasive – Oregon outlawed them over 10 years ago. I think part of the problem with them is they have a lot of oil content so they burn pretty easily and hot, so might be another reason not to plant next to the house. I’m not familiar with the small chaste tree. There are now small varieties of hydrangea, too – Little Bobo is one.

  2. Yup, butterfly bush is invasice, yet most folks haven’t gotten that message and they continue to plant them like crazy. Why not plant a lilac? I read somewhere that it’s traditional to plant one just outside the door.

    1. I have lilacs standing sentry in the vegetable garden. They bloom in spring. I would like something that has summer color near the back door. If it doesn’t work out I can always move it. Jo

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