Butterfly bush- did I ruin it?
Butterfly bush can be cut all the way to the ground. (In northern zones they die back to the ground over winter.) If yours is sprouting from the base, I'd leave the new sprouts, but cut out the old, dead shoots, if possible. Those new shoots will grow vigorously this year and bloom nicely. It would be best to wait to cut back your butterfly bush in late winter or early spring rather than fall in future years.
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