At this time of the year our cottage garden is full of happy bees and the scent of honey, thanks to the flowers of the 39 buddleias I have growing here. These are a few of my favourites.
This white one, probably Buddleia davidii ‘White Profusion’, was given to me by my sister Carolyn from a cutting many years ago. Unlike many buddleias the flowers last for ages. This beautiful shrub looks wonderful on the shady side of my garden
My other sister, Jo, gave me another favourite from her garden. It is similar to B.davidii ‘Dartmoor’, but the flowers are darker – a lovely rich purple. It flowers profusely and over a long time too.
This gorgeous addition, B. ‘Flower Power’, came to me courtesy of Thompson & Morgan last year. It is a fairly recent introduction with gorgeous long spires of flowers that change from purple to orange. I love it!
Other favourites include Buddleia weyeriana ‘Sungold’,
and my very own variegated buddleia, grown from a seedlling that appeared in my veg bed and that I have nurtured for two years. I think the variegation is nicer than other buddleias, although its violet flowers are less significant.
This autumn I will be ruthless and take down some buddleias that have not performed as well – those that lose their flowers too quickly or have outgrown their allotted space. Their woody stems will be chopped and dried to provide lots of kindling for the wood burner, and I’ll have more space in the borders for some new additions!