Day 87: pruning buddleia

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Time for the buddleia to get the chop. Not the whole plant, you understand, just last year’s growth. This always looks horribly drastic, like the worst kind of man pruning, but the buddleia doesn’t care as long as you time it right. I find early spring hits a good compromise between a diminishing threat of hard frosts the risk of losing too much fresh growth (although pruning during the growing season is one way to reduce the vigour of an overly energetic specimen). This is for your bog standard butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii types, mind. The lovely Buddleia globosa and the more refined B. alternifolia both grow on the previous year’s growth, and so pruning should be left till after flowering. 

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