Val Bourne wrote

25 November 2020, by Peter Moore


Val Bourne wrote

in the Sunday Telegraph November 22nd 2020 plants which should be used more often.

Val  lists two of my shrubs in her top10 shrubs


Sarcococca hookeriana Winter Gem

Sarcococcas usually offer sweetly fragrant, early spring flowers and evergreen foliage. ‘Winter Gem’, a selected hybrid between S. hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ x S. hookeriana var. humilis, flowers in winter rather than spring. Hampshire breeder Peter Moore selected it for its compact habit, narrow foliage and pale pink flowers held in red buds. It’s perfect for a container close to a sheltered door. Widely available.

Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Pink Pagoda’

Also raised by Peter Moore, a buddleia enthusiast who established the Plant

Heritage Collection at Longstock Nursery, this later-flowering, orange-eyed pink buddleia is a hybrid between the often-grown B. davidii and the later-flowering B. x weyeriana.

The foliage is very silvered and the honey-scented pink flowers appear from early August until October, so ‘Pink Pagoda’ is more likely to sustain larger Vanessid butterflies than B. davidii, which flowers earlier, owing to climate change. Hard to find, but easy from cuttings

Hello Peter

They are cracking plants – love ‘Pink Pagoda’
although tricky to get
I can’t understand why either
cuttings root easily
very best


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