Buddleja davidii variegata - Plant
Common name: Buddleja davidii Monrell STRAWBERRY LEMONADE
Color: Light purple
Bloom time: June to September
Height: June to September
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian is a small bush with evergreen leaves.
Sunlight: full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: âˆ’15 to âˆ’20 Â°C
Fertilizer: apply any organic fertilizer
- Always wear safety goggles; branches can whip back when released.
- Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
- Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
- A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.
- Deadhead religiously and keep beds clean.
Provides excellent summer to fall flowers when few other shrubs are in bloom. Best grown in borders, cottage gardens, rose gardens or butterfly gardens. Foundations. Popular fresh cut flower. Usually does not make a good single specimen shrub.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for spider mites. Nematodes can be troublesome in the South.
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