Buddleja × weyriana 'Sungold'

10 buddlejas to grow

Discover 10 beautiful varieties of buddleja to grow, in a range of sizes.

Buddlejas bear attractive conical flowers on an arching bush of silvery foliage in mid- to late summer. Flowers come in a variety of colours including purple, blue, pink and white.

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Buddlejas are also known as the butterfly bush, as they are extremely attractive to butterflies. Their nectar-rich flowers coincide with the time when many butterflies are on the wing, and their deep bloom are only accessible to insects with long tongues. As they are often smothered in flowers, butterflies can easily find lots of nectar, without having to waste energy by flying somewhere else.

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Buddlejas are very easy to grow and thrive in almost any situation, but they will attract more butterflies and bees if they are grown in a sunny spot. They can get quite large, so choose a compact variety if you don’t have much space. Cut back hard every March.

Here are 10 varieties of buddleja to grow.

Buddlejas are very easy to grow and thrive in almost any situation, but they will attract more butterflies and bees if they are grown in a sunny spot.

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Buddleja davidii ‘Santana’

Buddleja davidii ‘Santana’ has unusual, lance-shaped variegated leaves, and bears wine-red flowers from July to September.

Height x spread: 4m x 4m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Les Kneale’

Buddleja davidii ‘Les Kneale’ was discovered on the Isle of Man by Les Kneale. Panicles are white with a faint pink blush, and the foliage is paler than many other varieties – more a lime green.

Height x spread: 2m x 2m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Persephone’

Buddleja davidii ‘Persephone’ is a little-known English cultivar. It has dense panicles of mauve flowers with deep orange-red eyes, and a good fragrance.

Height x spread: 1.5m x 1.5m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Summer Beauty’

Buddleja davidii ‘Summer Beauty’ is a compact buddleia, bearing masses of fragrant, deep pink flowers. Being smaller than most cultivars of Buddleja davidii, it’s perfect for growing at the front of a mixed herbaceous border.

Height x spread: 1.5m x 1.5m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Buzz Sky Blue’

Buddleja davidii ‘Buzz Sky Blue’ is part of the Buzz series of buddlejas. Plants are compact and easy to grow, and bear masses of deep-blue flowers in late summer.

Height x spread: 1.2m x 1.2m

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Buddleja × weyriana ‘Sungold’

This unusual variety is a cross between Buddleja davidii and Buddleja globosa. Buddleja × weyriana ‘Sungold’ bears clusters of golden yellow flowers with a strong fragrance. For best results, cut plants back to their base in March.

Height x spread: 4m x 3m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Cotswold Blue’

Buddleja davidii ‘Cotswold Blue’ is a new variety, with stunning blue flowers. It forms a smaller shrub than other species such as ‘Blue Horizon’.

Height x spread: 2m x 2m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Ile de France’

Buddleja davidii ‘Ile de France’ bears deep purple flowers from July to September. To encourage later flowering (which benefits garden butterflies such as the small tortoiseshell), cut plants back to the base in May.

Height x spread: 3.5m x 3.5m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Horizon’

Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Horizon’ bears pretty violet-blue flowers from July to October. To encourage later flowering (which benefits garden butterflies such as the small tortoiseshell), cut plants back to the base in May.

Height x spread: 3m x 3m

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Buddleja davidii ‘Orpheus’

Buddleja davidii ‘Orpheus’ has unusual lilac-purple flowers that have a distinctive white circle around an orange eye.

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Height x spread: 3.5m x 3.5m

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