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Buddleja 'Pink Delight'

Location:

The South Border.

Description:

A hardy, deciduous, medium sized shrub, to 2m, with conical spikes of claret buds opening to produce pristine, orange-eyed flowers in a strong pink. As the flowers open, in August, the spike lengthens to 30cm and the deep pink wands are supported and softened by narrow silvery foliage, whitish beneath that mature to a summery pale green. Fast growing with arching stems of green leaves the nectar-rich flowers are irresistible to butterflies. 'Pink Delight' is unique due to its complex parentage which includes B. davidii var. nanhoensis and alba and refined cultivars such as 'West Hill' and 'Lochinch' which restrict its height and spread

Site and Care:

A trouble-free, adaptable shrub for sunny, warm positions. They sulk in shade and prefer well-drained soil. Deadhead to extend the flowering season. Cut the shoots back hard to within 12in at the end of March or slightly later. Hard pruning is beneficial to the plant. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in September.