Hinton Ampner Garden

Buddleja auriculata

Weeping Sage or Gardener's Buddleja

Location:

On the north wall of the east courtyard. Young plant also on north side of Dell View path.

Description:

Fast growing, to 4m x 4m (12ft x 12ft) dense evergreen, graceful, hardy shrub with beautiful deep-green glossy foliage above and silver below. Profuse spikes of tiny, tubular, sweetly-scented cream flowers appear from late autumn to mid-winter on the ends of the 'weeping' branches. The flowers attract many butterflies and other insects.

Site and Care:

Frost and drought-resistant, it grows well in most soils, but add plenty of compost and fertilizer. Prune to keep tidy after flowering but it tolerates hard pruning well although this is usually unnecessary. A little shade will not be a problem, but it prefers a sunny spot. Easily propagated from hardwood cuttings.