Because this week I found myself in a garden centre in Folkestone, Kent, talking to that esteemed BBC2 programme about buddleia
produce flowers irresistible to butterflies on the current season's growth with the notable exception of Buddleia
alternifolia, its trailing shoots wreathed in clusters of lilac-purple blooms a waterfall of soft purple.
Walk down any street in late summer and you are likely to see a buddleia
, or butterfly bush, with coneshaped flowers in purple, magenta and white.
If your Buddleia
davidii group are producing quite long shoots and the weather is still mild, then you could cut these hard back.
With a display of red roses, buddleias
, fuchsias and a Scottish thistle, Camilla delighted locals by taking part in the garden flowers in a bowl section.
This combined with an abundance of flowers, foliage and fragrance, with interesting shapes such as the arching stems of buddleias
, neatness of choisya and pittosporums and the erect drama of mahonias help to create the basis of many beautiful borders.
Prune back buddleias
and other tall shrubs to prevent damage from wind rock.
are named in honour of the Rev Adam Buddle, an Essex parson and expert amateur botanist some 300 years ago.
remove old flower heads from buddleias
and other nectar-rich plants to encourage new flowers.
live up to their name as the butterfly bush by attracting hundreds of insects with their open flowers.
Given a hard pruning every spring, it's not hard to keep buddleias
compact enough for most gardens.
The great thing with buddleias
is that they are simple to grow.
I regard buddleia
as a lovely sign of the power and beauty of nature
WALK down any street in late summer and you are likely to see a buddleia
, or butterfly bush as it is known because it attracts butterflies, with its cone-shaped flowers in shades of purple, magenta and white.
davidii is a quick-growing shrub that flowers on current year's growth so it is pruned hard -- to within a foot or so of the ground -- in late March or April for the best flowers.