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Buddlejas not growing in patio pots

Buddleja 'Buzz Magenta', new from Thompson and Morgan. Image: ©Thompson & Morgan I’ve mentioned before here how some nurseries stage their plant pictures using cut material to try to make their new introductions look more impressive than they really are. Remember these ligularias?

Well here’s another example.

Over on my Royal Horticultural Society New Plants blog I’ve just written up two new patio buddlejas created by Thompson & Morgan’s Charles Valin at their plant breeding operation in Britain. 'Buzz Magenta' and 'Buzz Lavender' have just been released to British gardeners and they sound very impressive.

Buddleja 'Buzz Lavender', new from Thompson and Morgan. Image: ©Thompson & Morgan But the pictures! These two new buddlejas are so dwarf that they’re ideal for growing in pots on the patio. So someone just went out and cut some branches from the plants, arranged them nicely in a pot and took their picture! And that’s exactly what it looks like. Click on the pictures to enlarge them and see what I mean.

If they grow so well in pots, can’t we have pictures showing them doing exactly that – growing in pots?

British gardeners can order the Buzz buddlejas from Thompson and Morgan. They're not yet avaiable in North America.


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Great idea (the dwarf buddleias, I mean, not the fake pics) and I'll definitely order one as an experiment. If you order one, apparently, you get one free, which is great for me, because I couldn't make up my mind which colour I wanted!

Graham Rice

It also looks from the pictures - but who knows?! - as if the foliage of 'Buzz Lavender' has a more silvery tone than the greener foliage of 'Buizz Magenta'.


Yes, I think you're right. I'll keep the magenta one and give the lavender one to my mum.


This story reminds me of Echinacea "Tiki Torch." I've yet to see one that looks as good as the one on Terra Nova's website. I think that one is a flower arrangement too!

Graham Rice

Here's another: Apart from the fact that this plant naturally grows about 30in/75cm high (twice the height shown in the picture) all those stems are cut and made to look like a growing plant!


Well, I think they must be hiding something about the actual habit of this plant.


Someone should do an article about Terra Nova's Echinaceas. None of them look as good as the photos on their site. Mac 'N Cheese Echinacea is pitiful. It's not growing well for anyone I know. The photo at the link below is their flower arrangement of Tiki Torch blooms.

Graham Rice

Thanks Clint - any more examples of conspicuously staged photos welcome. To be honest, I don't mind the ones like 'Tiki Torch', which just show a group of flower heads, as much as those which pretend to show a whole plant or a mature container.

Graham Rice

You may be right, Elizabeth, but I suspect that the photographer just wanted to try to lay on the full power marketing gloss. The T&M breeder says they only reach 2ft in a container and he's a breeder, not a marketing guy, and a breeder I respect. I'm hoping to visit T&M next month so we shall see - I'll report back here. And of course I'll be growing some plants too.

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