Summer Colour

Butterfly bliss

Buddlejas are flowering shrubs that provide many months of gorgeous honey scented flowers which attract butterflies, hence their common name of ‘butterfly bush’. The blooms are also loved by other insects and birds. Compact varieties called ‘Buddleja Buzz™’ have been introduced by Plant Growers Australia which grow to around 1 m tall, so they’re ideal for smaller gardens and also look fantastic in large pots. Buddleja flowers can be cut for a vase display, so you can bring their beautiful colour and fragrance indoors too.

Buddleja Buzz come in a range of very pretty varieties, including gorgeous pale blue ‘Sky Blue’ (pictured below), creamy white ‘Ivory’ (pictured right), mid pink ‘Velvet’, mauve ‘Purple Blush’, pastel ‘Soft Pink’, dark purple ‘Midnight’ and the vibrant pink ‘Hot Raspberry’. They will grow in a sunny spot but are also happy with morning and late afternoon shade. Buddleja Buzz will tolerate temperatures down to 5 deg C but can be damaged by heavy frosts.

Buddleja Buzz require minimal pruning though will benefit from the older growth being trimmed back after flowering. After pruning, help promote a fresh flush of new growth by applying some Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food around the root zone and water in well. It’s also a good time to top up or apply mulch around plants. Mulch will help reduce moisture loss from the soil and also adds a finishing look to the garden.

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Summer gardening

Gardens can suffer from heat stress or lack of water or both (!) during our long hot summers. We can’t change the weather but there are a few things we can do to help protect our gardens during December and January.

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