A wonderful little shrub, noted by its special fragrance and its ability to thrive even in the most troubling terrain.
Common name : Buddleia 'Miss Ruby'
Scientific name : Buddleja davidii 'Miss Ruby'
Family : Scrophulariaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Rough 'n tough
'Miss Ruby' is a dwarf cultivar - created by Dr. Dennis Werner of 2003, that's for you to show off if anyone asks;) - featuring bright, reddish-pink flowers in spike-like terminal and axillary clusters, and willowy, gray-green elliptic leaves.
'Miss Ruby' is a hybrid resulting from a cross between B. 'White Ball' and B. 'Attraction'.
Sowing & planting
30 - 100
6 - 7
Plant my summer lilac
Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.
Mulch my summer lilac
Mulch in November each year to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit weeding.
Prune my summer lilac
In March, every year, prune all the branches, just flush with the ground; this operation is called coppicing, it forces the plant to re-emit stems from its roots. If you notice that your shrub is weakened by competition from taller plants, trim it every other year.
Water my summer lilac
Water in the first weeks if the weather is dry - and soon it will not be needed anymore