Real World Gardener Buddleia NEW Cultivars are Plant of the Week

January 23rd, 2016

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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Buddleia davidii

Horticulturalists, botanists and many gardeners often lament those common names because they’re very confusing and often very different plants have the same common name.
Take Jasmine, there’s heaps of different types and some not really jasmine at all.

Then there’s Butterfly Bush, I know a few that don’t even belong to the same family of plants.

The species is reputed to be weedy but the plant panel is discussing the NEW CULTIVARS.

These Buddleias are a compact and eco-friendly Buddleia with a unique horizontal, low spreading habit.

Deep green leaves are graced with dark purple flowers that are continuously blooming.

These flowers are sterile so won't produce unwanted seedlings.

Buddleia "Black Knight" photo. M.Cannon

Buddleia Blue Chip-This breakthrough Buddleia has all the fragance and appeal of traditional varieties in a small, easy to maintain package.



Stays under 1m tall without any pruning, blooms from mid summer to first frost.


Sterile, self cleaning flowers.

What could be better?



Buddleia Ice Chip-Ice Chip features pure white flowers against a backdrop of silvery foliage.


It has a neat, low spreading habit that makes it the perfect ground covering plant. Seedless, and requires no deadheading.

Buddleia Lilac Chip-Lilac Chip features soft, lavender-pink fragrant flowers bloom continuously from summer until frost without deadheading.



Lilac Chip is a good groundcover for mass planting. Does not produce seed.




Let’s find out about one of these now. I'm talking with Karen smith editor of and Jeremy Critchley, owner of

We didn’t mention that Buddleia davidii is named after Basque missionary and explorer in China, Father Armand David, who first noticed it growing. 

But they were also supposedly named after botanist Reverend Adam Buddle who was responsible for introducing them into England.
 Another botanist-missionary in China, Jean-André Soulié, sent seed to the French nursery Vilmorin, and Buddleia davidii began being sold in nurseries in the 1890s.

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