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Buddleja – weed or valuable garden plant?

4 Written by Lisa on 14th Aug 2012 in Plants

Buddleja is one of those plants that divides opinion.  I have a Buddleja davidii ‘Royal Red’ in my garden and I love it because it brings height and colour to the corner next to the shed and it also attracts insects and butterflies to the garden.

But you often see them growing like weeds next to roads and railways and to some people this is enough to put them off.  Why would you want a weed growing in a cultivated garden?

In my garden, the buddleja is one of the most reliable plants.  I cut it back hard in early spring and, as if by magic, a month or so later the foliage comes back and by the middle of summer the long rich purple flowers are in full swing.

I guess it’s not a very tidy plant and perhaps this is another reason why it’s not popular with some, but for an informal border it deserves every inch of space it takes up.  The foliage lasts well into winter too.

If you don’t like the “weeds” that grow along the railways then one of the other varieties may be more appealing…Buddleja crispa has a more busy habit and the flowers are scented.

And Buddleja globosa is really striking with is orange ball-like flowers in early summer….

So, what’s your opinion?  Is Buddleja a weed or a valuable garden plant?


(Images: Lisa Cox, jbwan, Bambolia, Jean-Ed)

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