Reblooming Shrubs- Part III

This the my last installment in the Reblooming shrub series. Cearly there are plenty of shrubs that bloom for a long period of time. I'm sure I left something out so please feel free to comment and share your favorite rebloomers.
Abelia x grandiflora is a superb rebloomer if you live in zone 6 or a warmer climate. Hummers and butterlies will visit the plant providing added enjoyment. This selection is called Bronze Anniversary. Its leaves emerage an attractive bronze-orange color then age to lime-green.

While most all Buddleia are reblooming if you dead head them Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' starts blooming early and continues without having to deadhead. Additionally this selection non-invasive and is the only available cultivar that can be sold in Oregon.

Daphne transatlantica (D. caucasica) is a favorite of mine. It has small, fragrant, white flowers that start in April and can continue sporadically right up into fall.. It a small shrub about 3-4 feet tall and is one of the easiest daphnes to grow. I took this photo in the fall at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.

One of you commented about Kerria japonica. You're right - it is a good reblooming shrub. It's a great shrub for the shade or semi-shade. This cultivar is called 'Alba' which is not white as the name would indicated but rather a butter yellow as opposed to the typical bright gold. It's hard to find but worth growing. I like it!


  1. Anonymous1:35 PM

    Hi Tim~~ The Buddleia: I know 'Blue Chip' is a Proven Winners' introduction but I don't know where I can buy it. I've asked at Home Depot but they aren't sure. I live in Oregon and I'm afraid it's not true that 'Blue Chip' is the only Buddleia for sale here. B. davidii species and cultivars are still available in many places as are some of the other Buddleia species. Whether this is legal or not, I'm not sure. B. davidii is on the noxious weed list and some nurseries are opting not to sell it but some are. I'm anxious to get my hands on 'Blue Chip.' :)

  2. We just got word last week that Blue Chip is exempt from the Oregon ban. Our growers in Oregon had to get rid of their Buddleia last year before the ban went into effect so suspect it will be hard to find Blue Chip for a while.

  3. I'm glad you included Lo and Behold, as I've been considering it for a design for a friend's yard. It sounds like a great plant - maybe I need it for my yard, too! I read somewhere that butterfly plants are deer-resistant (and my friend has a huge deer problem), so maybe this long-bloomer will be just the shrub for her.

  4. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Hi Tim. It's me Grace again. I stand corrected. I talked to a nursery expert today and she told me that Buddleia are outlawed in Oregon. According to this expert, ALL Buddleia including Blue Chip which I am totally lusting for. Maybe I can still buy it online. Anyway, I have foot in mouth disease and I apologize for my mistake. There are nurseries still selling it. Likely they don't know that it's illegal. A big fine is coming their way soon. :)

  5. Daphne transatlantica is such an excellent plant! I have used it in several projects, and love it; it seems to me that rather than a rebloomer, it's kind of an 'always bloomer' -- that first flush of bloom is strong, but the continuing bloom on the plant through the summer is profuse enough to continue noticing.

  6. Anonymous11:14 AM

    The ODA is considering allowing sterile buddlia. Which Blue Chip is said to be. We are starting to bring this plant into our production line but will not have any available for sale unilt this comming summer of 2010. At this time Blue Chip is the only Buddlia that is on the production list for OR.


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