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Which Buddleia To Buy

harmonyharmony Posts: 325
Hi, I've decided on a Buddleia for my garden, south/West facing with normal/clay soil.I want it to be at least 6ft and fast growing if possible. It will be between a laurel and a Sambucus Nigra and will have about 7/8ft space between. All recommendations welcome. Thanks..


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    All except the small, patio "buzz" buddleias will grow at least 6' in a season.  They need to be pruned back hard every spring to remove the old stems and then they shoot and grow again.   Just choose the colour of flower you like best.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349
    I totally agree with @Obelixx. It just comes down to what colour you like  :)
    I love the white ones, but the only drawback of them is that they look a bit manky when the flowers turn. You don't notice it so much on the darker ones.

    I have Black Knight, which is a dark purple, and needs minimal attention, other than the usual pruning back each year.
    There's a nice rosy purple one too if you like those colours. It might work well with your Sambucus too.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • We have recently moved house and there was an out of control one blocking the shed door. I pruned it down to knee height and my other half was hyperventilating  saying I’ve probably killed it - it’s got loads of new shoots in under a fortnight 😀
  • harmonyharmony Posts: 325
    Thanks, I need to get to the garden centre before they shut up shop.
    Has anyone got experience of buying shrubs online..
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349
    Lots of good suppliers online @harmony. We used to have a thread for recommendations.
    I'd steer clear of Crocus, as it's hideously expensive, and it's just a retailer, rather than a nursery. Claire Austin, Burncoose and Jacksons are good.
    Not sure how many buddleias they stock, but if you start a separate thread you'll get suggestions.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • harmonyharmony Posts: 325
    Thank you Fairygirl..
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