Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ or now called B. ‘Morning Mist’
“A new variety with intensely silver foliage topped with scented white flowers that attract butterflies! This miniature buddleia has already undergone a name change from ‘Silver Anniversary’ to ‘Morning Mist’; it’s easy to see why both names are very deserving. Its big selling point is the superb, silvery woolly evergreen foliage. The packed tiny white flowers make shorter panicles than the ones on the traditional buddleias. Be daring and place it nearer the front of the border to cool down hot colour schemes, or use as a link plant amongst a group of pastels. Not widely available yet, this is a very classy plant. The season-long striking foliage makes a fabulous foil for other plants in any mixed border; the clusters of white flowers with mustard coloured eyes have a sweet honey scent, and are also highly attractive.”
Maybe the name change came about because the gardener wanted a divorce from this plant! I purchased mine from a plant fair – actually the only places to find slightly unusual plants here in Italy! I was attracted by the silver foliage and I thought I had heard that the flowers of this variety didn’t turn a nasty brown as they finished flowering. WRONG!
Tell me what you think; should it stay and I put up with the flowers turning brown or should I be ruthless and dig it up and consign it to the compost heap. Is there a middle road; could I take cuttings and when or if these have formed plants put them in a less obvious place ‘the front of the border’ mentioned above is not where I want it!