But­ter­flies FOR NEAT FREAKS

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Shortcuts -

Mighty yet minia­ture, a new bud­dleja has been de­signed for small gar­dens or awk­ward cor­ners where space can be at a pre­mium.

In­stead of send­ing out its splen­did sprays and gor­geous cas­cades of tightly knit, sweetly scented flow­ers over sev­eral me­tres, the new Buzz se­ries keeps it­self neat by grow­ing no more than 1.5 me­tres, even smaller if kept in a pot.

But the im­pact is still spec­tac­u­lar, and the colours par­tic­u­larly in­tense, com­ing in ‘Vel­vet’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Mid­night’, ‘Hot Rasp­berry’ and ‘Wis­te­ria Lane’.

This but­ter­fly bush, as it’s com­monly known, still fulfils its old-fash­ioned job, at­tract­ing bees and but­ter­flies to the sweet, honey-scented clus­ters of flow­ers that keep ap­pear­ing from spring through to au­tumn.

Pretty as a pic­ture, but tough as nuts, bud­dleja is salt tol­er­ant, copes with some shade, and grows in most soil types, es­pe­cially pots. And now there’s no mid­dle-aged spread!

En­joy the beau­ti­ful sprays of the tiny, sweet-smelling flow­ers of the Bud­dleja‘Buzz’ se­ries with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the space this plant nor­mally com­mands.

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