Dwarf but elegant Buddlejas

Buddleja Monarch ‘Queen of Hearts’ – photo: Darwin Perennials

Buddleja Monarch ‘Queen of Hearts’ – photo: Darwin Perennials

British plantsman Graham Rice dedicated his latest blog at the site of the UK garden charity Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to Buddleja and states that we’ve seen a lot of new buddleias introduced in recent years, adding new hybrids, new features and new styles to a favourite summer shrub. “But since the Buzz Series arrived back in 2009 we’ve not seen a significant development in buddleias in the traditional style – as opposed to cultivars of weeping buddleia such as ‘Unique’. Until now.” He refers to the Buddleja Monarch Series. Plants in this series look according to Rice like scaled-down versions of traditional Buddleja davidii. “Dwarf but elegant, these new buddleias from America never get too large yet always look graceful.”
Six cultivars
The Monarch series is developed by Hans Hansen from Walters Garden in Zeeland, Michigan (US) and includes ‘Queen of Hearts’, ‘Crown Jewels’, ‘Dark Dynasty’, ‘Blue Knight’, ‘Glass Slippers’ and ‘Prince Charming’. Plant patents for this cultivars were granted in April and May from last year; ‘Prince Charming’ in January this year. They all derive from a breeding program conducted by Hansen. Also Kevin Hurd has been involved in this program.