New Butterfly Bushes...Establishing Time?

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  1. thelorax00

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    Hi! I just received 3 Black Knight Butterfly Bushes from a nursery catalog (which I regularly order from), and immediately planted them. They were all very hardy looking when received and came in 4 inch pots. I added lots of peat moss, new top soil, and bark mulch to the planting sites, then we had a freak snowstorm, followed by cold rainy weather for about two weeks thereafter.

    Now my butterfly bushes are leafless and twiggy....are they dead, or do they tend to take a while to establish before taking off? I also planted a Sungold BB at the same time as the Black Knights, and it is full of green leaves and seems happy (all BB's are in a line, along a fence. Is the Black Knight a more "finicky" variety, or should I be contacting the nursery for a replacement--they are very good about replacing plants/shrubs.
     
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