Plants which have silvery leaves seem to add a dreamy feel to the garden.
A new favourite is Buddleja glomerata ‘Silver Service’, which has the most incredible, soft, heavily lobed leaves.
Well suited to south facing warmer spots in the garden, Buddleja glomerata ‘Silver Service’ is hardy to around -10C and fills with mustard yellow fluffy Acacia like flowers in early summer, which have a clove like scent.
Buddleja glomerata ‘Silver Service’ is also known as Karoo Sage or rather wonderfully as the Sneeze Bush.
Buddleja glomerata originates from semi deserts of South Africa, however ‘Silver Service’ as a Cultivar was first discovered in a French Garden. Propagation material was then brought to Alan Lewis, propagator at Lees Nursery in Lymington, Hampshire who gave the name ‘Silver Service’.
Buddleja glomerata ‘Silver Service’ loves to be bathed in sunshine, with the reflected heat from a south facing wall, and is reasonably drought resistant, making it ideal for lighter soils. Indeed it does best when grit is added (in plentiful quantities) to heavier soils to ensure it has excellent winter drainage. Poor drainage rather than cold is the issue when nursing these overwinter.