The butterfly bush has extended an open invitation to the bees and butterflies to dine. I believe this variety is called Black Knight.
I had never seen bottlebrush buckeye till I moved here. It is a slow grower and a gentle giant (it can reach 8 to 12 feet tall), but its display is worth the wait. The horizontal bands of palmate leaves look like rows of little open umbrellas, and the aptly named bottlebrush blooms have the appearance of floating white candles–very Hogswartian! We had a good-looking patch beneath an aging redbud tree, but when the tree fell over in a storm, the bottlebrush buckeye was left exposed to full sun and began to suffer. So last summer my husband and I worked to transplant the lot to a small rise under a maple tree. It seems to appreciate its new home and is sending up lots of new growth. In a couple of years, it should look spectacular. When we admire our bottlebrush buckeye patch, we think of our friends Sue, Marcia and Walt who gave us the original divisions.