About the beautiful bush of Buddley
Buddley is a very ornamental shrub with thin shoots, loved by many gardeners and landscapers. It is especially appreciated for its abundant flowering, which begins at the end of July and lasts until the very frost, when many plants are no longer pleasing to the eye.
Buddha is often called the "autumn lilac" for their external resemblance during flowering. Small flowers are collected in dense spikelets or brushes up to 25-30 cm long. Their color can be very different: lilac, purple, white or yellow. Many insects flock to a strong honey smell, which is why the bush received another nickname - “a magnet for butterflies”. The Latin name of the plant came from the name of Adam Buddle - an English botanist who lived at the turn of the XVII-XVIII centuries.
The plant is easily propagated by seeds, which are sown in the spring in a greenhouse or in open ground in a well-heated fertile soil. Shoots appear in 10-15 days, grow quickly. In a greenhouse, plants bloom in the first year of life, in the open ground at the age of 2-3 years. It is also good to propagate buddhlia with green or ripened cuttings. The latter are cut in the fall and kept in the winter in a room with a temperature of more than zero degrees.
In summer, the bush does not require special care, is not sick and does not suffer from pests. The most important thing for him is fertile, well-drained soil and a sunny place, preferably protected from the wind. After flowering, it is better to cut off the inflorescences immediately: from this, new flowering shoots are intensively formed and the bush becomes more decorative.
© Magnus Manske
Buddley is heat-loving, therefore, in autumn, the base of the bush should be covered with dry leaves, peat or lapnik so that the roots do not freeze. Young plants are especially in need of warming. In winter, the stems are frozen to the level of snow, but in the spring they grow back to a height of 1.5-2 m. And in the middle of summer new inflorescences develop on each shoot.