I found a 'before" picture of my gorgeous, past tense HUGE (as in, well over 10 feet)Nanho Blue Buddleia .. but in the upper right hand corner is the run of the mill, heliopsis totally infested with aphids .. I swear I have never seen anything like it .. so, sadly yes, I cut back my gorgeous butterfly shrub .. couldn't even stop to pick out the wonderful blooms I could keep in a vase for a while .. the mission was cut and dry .. no time for smelling the 'roses" or crying while cutting .. it can lead to the dreaded finger loss with pruners flying ..
Now .. two huge gaping spaces in my sun border until Nanho returns for me next year (fingers crossed, as I still have all ten .. phew !) and I decide on the vacuum of space where Nanho was .. actually quite a few cone flowers are merging there .. this might be a bad thing, since talk of reversion has been bandied about .. YIKES ! .. stay tuned ?