In Autumn 2013, Buddleja ‘Buzz Ivory’ arrived in my garden. Plant Breeders’ Thompson & Morgan claim this plant to be a hardy shrub. I do hope this is the case as I am a bit nervous at the moment, knowing, that it is yet to feel a good Scottish winter cold snap growing here in my garden. Fingers crossed :-0
I bought a second plant soon after seeing this plant look so good in flower in my full sun, front garden. I could protect one plant maybe? Has anyone experience of over-wintering this plant? I would dearly love both plants to survive for their long flowering period – that is something I look for at shirls gardenwatch :-)
Buddleja has the common name of Butterfly Bush and is said to be the best plant to attract butterflies to your garden. Ah… but the butterflies don’t get this nectar all to themselves - Bees love it too. Plants with flowers that provide food for butterflies and bees is another goal at shirls gardenwatch :-)
What about height and spread: 1.2m (4ft) x 1.2m (4ft). I read ‘Buzz Ivory’ to be fast growing here. The Plant Breeders’, Thompson & Morgan also claim ‘Buzz Ivory’ to be easy to grow and problem free. Listed as a Dwarf patio buddleja, they say it will last more than 10 years and won't take over your garden! Sounds good to me :-)
So, to the ‘Buzz Ivory’ Flower size: 15cm (6in). Yes, they are normal sized buddleja flowers! However the plant is half the size – great for a small garden like mine then :-)
Many clusters of flowers on one plant make a great feeding station for butterflies and bees as they don’t have to travel far to feed and collect nectar. Buddleja is perfect for that and with ‘Buzz Ivory’ not being too tall it is perfect for getting photos and video of these very welcome garden visitors. Photo opportunities is another thing encouraged at shirls gardenwatch :-)
What about tips for growing? As with any summer flowering plant, deadheading faded flowers is always worth the effort especially as new flower buds get a chance to grow and open their nectar rich, flowers. I must remember to regularly check my plants in 2014. I must also check back here on the pruning section from the Thompson & Morgan website below.
How to prune BuddlejaHow to grow Buddleja Buzz
Buddleja plants are really low maintenance, but they do benefit from pruning in early spring. Pruning will prevent them from becoming leggy and helps to maintain a nice compact plant. Buddleja plants flower on new growth, so pruning will also help to promote lots of new stems that will flower in the same year.
Prune Buddleja in March, once the hardest frosts are over, as the new growth begins to show. Firstly remove any dead, diseased, damaged, or weak stems, before pruning all off the remaining stems back to form a low framework. In future years you can simply shorten the previous season's growth back to 2 pairs of buds from this permanent framework. A top tip for pruning buddleja is to always use clean, sharp secateurs and make your cuts squarely, just above a healthy pair of buds.
For anyone considering propagating Buddleja ‘Buzz Ivory’ it should be noted that this plant is subject to Plant Breeders’ Rights and must not be propagated without a licence from the breeder who is Thompson & Morgan. “Breeders can choose whether or not to apply for plant breeders' rights, which enable them to charge royalties for protected varieties. Royalties provide a means for breeding companies to fund their work.”
Ah… that was refreshing look back at the summer especially watching the video, butterflies bring something special to the garden don't they? However, there is plenty of wing flapping to be seen at the moment as numbers of garden birds at the feeders increase day by day. Ha-ha… that’s until I sit down and count them for an hour - then the garden goes spookily quiet! I wonder how that works then - all too common a story too by what I hear in comments and from other bloggers.
Wishing you all a great weekend, here’s hoping the weather will be kind to you :-)
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in January 2014.