Buddleja Silver Anniversary
This dwarf Buddleja bred by nurseryman Peter Moore is creating a great deal of interest. Recently it has undergone a name change to (Morning Mist). Now perhaps its me, but I would have thought Silver Anniversary would have proven to be more commercial.
The very striking silver foliage is a result of a cross between buddleja crispa and buddleja loricata. The honey scented clusters of white flowers with a yellow/mustard eye attract the butterflies and bees. Flowering panicles are much shorter than on the more traditional Buddlejas.
Plant it in the mixed border, not too far back, the woolly silver foliage will make a great foil for the other plants and shrubs.
Morning Mist has proven to be fully hardy south of the border. When it was first introduced I planted it in the border of our Aberdeen garden. The plant was in a bit of a sorry state by the following Spring.
Because I was so fond of this Buddleja I purchased another and potted it up in a loam based soil, a decent sized container and over wintered in the unheated greenhouse. Perfect solution.
Position – Full sun
Height – 90/100cm
Prune – April
Common name – Butterfly bush.
Flowering – July/Sept.
Buddleja Black Knight
Here we have another beautiful Buddleja, Black Knight it has long trusses of fragrant dark purple blooms, the grey/green foliage is white and velvety on the underside. Buddlejas are very attractive to butterflies and bees and in late Summer I have seen more than a dozen red admirals on this plant. It is a tall shrub, growing to a height of 9ft. It is absolutely essential that you prune Buddlejas hard back in March to about four buds from ground level. Plant in fertile soil and in a position that gets full sun. In the Aberdeen area flowering time is likely to be August/September, in London I have seen it in full bloom in the first week of July.
The silvery green foliage of Lochinch is in itself very attractive, the lilac coloured blooms with an orange eye are indeed delightful. Lochinch is all in all a more compact plant and starts to flower a couple of weeks earlier than many of the others. Deadhead when the flowers have faded and you will very likely be rewarded with a second flush of flowers. Surprisingly, buddlejas perform really well in containers where they will not grow quite as tall.
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