Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo' triumphs at Grower awards

"A variety that will regenerate the buddleja market" was the expert verdict of industry specialists as they crowned Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo' best new variety: hardy nursery stock at the recent UK Grower Awards 2016.


The patio buddleja dwarf variety reaches 1.2m in height.

Plants in the series remain bushy and compact for container growing, will grow in most free-draining soils and the scented flower spikes have low fertility, cutting the risk of self seeding, something that has seen B. davidii added to the UK invasive plant species list. Buzz remains butterfly-friendly and has a new colour-break.

Judges stated: "Buddleja ‘Buzz™ Indigo’ has the potential to revitalise Buddleja sales with the support of a good marketing campaign, regenerating the market for the species."

This is the second time that Thompson & Morgan’s exclusive dwarf buddleja series has been applauded at the UK Grower Awards. In 2010, following an extensive breeding programme at its Ipswich HQ, Thompson & Morgan launched the first colour in the Buddleja ‘Buzz’ series - ‘Lilac’, which took the title of Best New Plant Variety at the 2010 awards event.

Since then T&M plant breeding team has been developing new flower colours.  Buddleja ‘ Buzz Indigo’ was launched for the 2015 gardening season, joining ‘Lilac’, ‘Magenta’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Candy Pink’ and ‘Ivory’.

There are no new Buzz colours for 2016, but Buddleja ‘Buzz 3-in-1’, is new to the Thompson & Morgan Spring Catalogue, and offers three different flower colours, seemingly on the same plant. 

Thompson & Morgan was also recognised in two other categories at the UK Grower Awards. Assistant Nursery Manager, Hannah Miller, was a shortlisted finalist for Young Grower of the Year, while Raspberry Ruby Beauty was Highly Commended in the Best New Variety: Soft/Top Fruit category.

The following evening the mail order specialist’s incredi-range of incredicompost and incredibloom and incredicrop fertilisers was also announced as a finalist for the Best New Garden Product category at the Garden Retail and Garden Industry Awards.

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