Buddleia ‘Peach Cobbler’
September 17, 2011, 10:23 am
The genus Buddleia has received some bad press in Oregon during the past several years because several varieties have been determined to be invasive and have been restricted from sale. Often referred to as the ‘Butterfly Bush’, Buddleia’s have been popular in NW Gardens because they have a long blooming season, attract butterflies, and are low maintenance plants.
My guest today, Ken McVicker, Sales Manager for Van Essen Nursery in Lebanon discussed some of the new Buddleia’s that are sterile and do not produce the huge quantities of seed that those listed as invasive do.
At a recent nursery trade show (Farwest Show), there was an area called New Varieties Showcase where attendees were invited to vote on what they thought were the best new introductions. The winner was Buddleia ‘Peach Cobbler’. This Buddleia, as the name implies, has a peach colored flower and is one of the smaller growing types so it would fit into a small garden or would be ideal in a container. It has full-sized flowers, is fragrant, has a silvery leaf color, and attracts pollinators. Ken said that after the first flush of bloom, if the old flowers are cut off, the plant will re-bloom.
It may be difficult to find in garden centers since it is new, but it is available and it never hurts to ask.