Best New Variety Hardy Nursery Stock - Winner Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo', Thompson & Morgan

The Buddleja 'Buzz' series from the Thompson & Morgan breeding programme has carved a niche in the market for compact patio buddleja.

Best New Variety Hardy Nursery Stock - Winner Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo', Thompson & Morgan
Best New Variety Hardy Nursery Stock - Winner Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo', Thompson & Morgan

Launched for spring 2015, Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo' marks the latest colour break in the series, offering near-black, deep-blue blooms against silvery foliage on bushy plants reaching little more than 5ft in height.

The small shrub is perfect for patio pots and smaller gardens, performing strongly in borders even when soils are poor. Nectar-rich blooms are loved by pollinators.

Sterile blooms lead to strong repeat flowering with no risk of seedlings taking over the garden - a problem with traditional buddleja.

Kernock Park Plants managing director Bruce Harnett says: "Buddleja 'Buzz Indigo' is a great variety for its leaf and dark-indigo, almost ink-black flowers - one of if not the darkest buddleja flower that I know, on lovely silvery foliage.

He continues: "The habit is great for a container for grower sales because the flowers can be achieved on compact plants and the gardener will see the plant develop into a good-size shrub."

Finalists

Hebe 'Marshmallow', Bransford Webbs Plant Company

Hebe 'Ruby Port', Bransford Webbs Plant Company

Hebe 'White Spritzer', Bransford Webbs Plant Company

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