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July 28, 2014

I love seeing Buddleja davidii on waste ground it feels optimistic that even in a neglected area with no one weeding or watering- plants still manage to thrive and scent the air.  But if space is limited it’s best to choose from dwarf cultivars especially those that  sit comfortably in borders making an effective backdrop to other summer-flowering shrubs and perennials. Below is B.’Buzz Sky Blue’ which is bred to suit small gardens and is compact enough for a pot. In a large mixed border in S. Devon it sits surrounded by fennel and has been planted beside a window where the owners regularly watch  Hummingbird Hawk moths, Jersey Tiger moths (most commonly found in S. Devon), Large Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Small Peacock butterflies. DSCN3011

Two of my own favourite buddlejas are B. davidii ‘Black Knight’  which has the darkest purple flowers and is a manageable size growing to 3 m and below the white B. davidii ‘White Profusion’.

white buddleja All  respond well to a hard prune in March which keeps them compact and stops them getting straggly and buddlejas are best planted in sun and in well-drained soil.

I recently spotted Astrantia major in a country garden growing in profusion and self-seeding in almost total shade. I love the off-white,  pin- cushiony flowers and that they last well when cut for a vase. DSCN2981

This week my cut flowers are Dahlia ‘Karma Naomi’ with Cosmos ‘Sensation’ and a purple sweet pea that I sowed rather late so it’s only just started flowering. DSCN3028

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2014 8:48 pm

    Black Knight and White Profusion are my favourites too – I love these plants although they often get a bad press – probably because they grow so large if not properly pruned. With their colour and scent I think of them as the lilac of the late summer months.

    • August 4, 2014 8:17 am

      That’s a lovely thought-lilac in May and then a similar flower and at a similar height to bloom in July.

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