Thursday, 19 August 2010


I bought my very first Buddleia this past Spring, called Petite Plum Dwarf Butterfly Bush. My plan was to plant it in a container and leave it on my patio, year round. It didn't take long for me to start wondering if this plant would get too big for the 14" pot I planted it in. Here it is only a few months after I bought it.
It started to bloom in July and I have been thoroughly enjoying it's lovely fragrance. A little hummingbird has also been checking out the blooms, but I have yet to see a butterfly. 

I don't know what to do with it this fall, whether to leave it in this pot on our patio as planned, or to plant it in a less than suitable (shady) place in my yard. Any suggestions would be very welcome!


  1. I have some suggestions! I have one in a pot myself, but I put it into a half barrel pot, and it's doing quite well. If your looking for an interesting idea for yours, I turned mine into a topiary! It's fairly easy, as long as your not squeamish about cutting off branches, and your willing to wait a year or too to be dazzled by the full effect! Let me know if you need a how-to. I've been working on one for a post that hasn't made it to blog, but I'd be happy to email you the directions :)

  2. I have not advice about this pretty plant. I have planted two and they both died.:(

  3. I don't know about the dwarf version, but I have some full-sized ones in my garden, and I cut them back to about half size (about my height) each Spring once they are starting to leaf out, so that the new growth is fresh and green. That is a very small pot, but then again the buddleia seems to be quite a vigorous plant, and grows here in the "wild" on steep hillsides, so I would think it could tolerate the pot or shade or whatever home you provide for it.

  4. Thanks for your suggestions and comments! They are much appreciated. I'll probably leave it where it is until next Spring. That will give me all Winter to mull it over or to find a bigger pot for it.

  5. Hi,
    I just happened to stumble upon your blog from a Google image search. Your flowers are SO beautiful! I design custom invitations & cards and was wondering if you would allow me to use some of your flower photos in my designs? Thanks for your time! :)
    Ruth Loewen


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