Growing Buzz™ Buddleja
Loved for their elegant, fragrant blooms, produced in profusion from summer through fall, and their ability to withstand a wide variety of conditions, Butterfly Bush has long been a staple of the gardens of England and the US. However, Buddleja has often been a challenge to incorporate into smaller gardens because their large size and rather rangy habit.
The new Buddleja BUZZ™ series of Butterfly Bush changes all that. Developed by the famed English plantsmen at Thompson & Morgan, BUZZ™ reinvents Butterfly Bush. Increasingly smaller gardens drove them to consider what they could do to create new hybrids that would be more compact and easier to grow. After more than 8 years of breeding and selection work they developed this exciting BUZZ™ Series. These new hybrids are perfect in gardens both small and large. While other Butterfly Bush plants will get 8 to 12 feet tall, BUZZ™ varieties stay between 3 to 5 feet tall and respond well to shaping.
In the Garden
BUZZ™ Butterfly Bush are excellent for planting in the front of a house to add cottage garden flavor, or they can be planted in a mixed flower garden behind shorter plants to add height and interest. They are perfect as a cut flower and produce so many wonderfully scented flowers, you can always have more than enough for the garden and the table. And not to forget: butterflies absolutely LOVE BUZZ™!
Because BUZZ™ varieties are smaller and better branching, they are ideal in containers either alone—used as “mobile bouquets”—or mixed with other plants. They are easy to grow in containers that are 16” in diameter or larger when planted in a high-quality potting soil. They prefer a full-sun location and will bloom best in a container when fertilized with a balanced plant food every few weeks.
Because BUZZ™ Butterfly Bushes literally cover themselves with flowers, they need to be grown in good soil or fertilized every few weeks, with regular watering during hot and dry weather to prevent wilting. Removing spent flower spikes will make for tidy-looking plants and keep new flowers coming. If they grow larger than you would like, you can simply cut the plants back and they will quickly regrow and begin blooming again. Flowering will slow or stop in the winter depending on your climate, but if you cut the plants back to 12” tall when the blooming slows, when spring comes they will grow quickly into a beautiful bush and cover themselves in flowers again until the following winter.