The Giddiness of a good find, ‘Miss Ruby’ buddleia x 2010

Miss Ruby buddleia by Proven Winners Plants

‘Miss Ruby’ is my new favorite 2010 Proven Winners Color Choice shrub this week. I’m trialing it in my garden and it hasn’t stopped blooming since May. The blooms have been a deep magenta pink that makes me giddy every time I look at it which matches how I’m feeling tonight.

Below is a stock photo from Proven Winners and this is true to color. I think they have this paired with ‘Limelight’ hydrangea but it could be ‘Incrediball’.

Miss Ruby hydrangea

Proven Winners sent me this plant in the Spring and I was excited about the color and its butterfly attracting qualities. I had the same idea and originally had it paired with ‘White Dome’ hydrangeas.

I moved the ‘White Dome’ to the back beds because it was just too hot out front for them and replaced them with ‘Incrediball’ hydrangeas also by Proven Winners and I’ve written about them HERE.  You can image the car wrecks that are going to happen when those two beauties collide next summer.

The reason I’m so giddy is cause I found a local herb farm called, Mills Garden Herb Farm.  I’m over the top excited about them cause they offer cooking, crafting, and medicinal herb classes. I told ya’ll I wanted to learn wildcrafting and this certainly is a form of it. My first class is wreath making. If you get a chance. Browse on down the main page and meet Madge and her dogs. You know I’ll go over and do an interview so you can see more!! I promise. You know it makes me giddy. I’m nuts about this sort of thing.

My very good friend Kevin Campbell who owns Campbell Family Nursery is the one who directed me to the herb farm. Kevin knows everything. His nursery has been in his family forever. He’s like me..been around since the early 1700’s. I’m going to interview him for you too. He just bought a whole bunch of land moved the entire nursery and has a grand story to tell. You should read some of the stories he has on his blog! Talk about folklore……..he can really tell it. Finding Plant Treasures

I’ve got one of the pure Campbell bloodline Japanese  maples growing in my backyard! So if I tell you that I like a plant and share it with you—-folks I don’t do it lightly—I do it from my heart and because I know it’s got a good bloodline and I trust who it came from. I trust Proven Winners Plants cause I grow them in my own garden.

From the Proven Winners Site: ‘Miss Ruby’ buddleia x

Growing Tips
Prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. Prefers medium moisture. Prune in late fall or early spring. In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. In the South, cut back as needed. To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

Full sun



Hardy Temp
-20°F (-29°C)

Excellent for use in perennial beds, wildlife gardens and mixed borders.

Brilliant rich pink summer blooms unlike any other variety. Prune back in late winter/early spring. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Fragrant. Deer resistant.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:


    We are moving from Northern Vermont to Newport, NC this summer. I was hoping to get some plant tips on what you think would make great landscaping in this area. I have no idea what grows down here! 🙂 I am looking for flowering shubs, hostas…things like this.




    1. Wendi, thank you for commenting on my blog. I offer the info on my blog as a free service. All the plants I recommend grow in zone 7. For one on one service I charge $20 an hour. I hope you have a pleasant move to NC. I certainly do love it here. Keeping things watered is the biggest challenge when temps climb above 90. Keeping things mulched well is the key–and of course good soil preparation. Wishing you the very best.


  2. Just googled this buddleia after reading the RHS report and you came top of the results Anna .

    I’m going to have to find a ‘Miss Ruby’


    1. I truly do love it Rob. It was evergreen this year in my zone 7a garden. Not always the case but it is the most flowering and strongest buddleia I’ve ever grown. The color is to die for and I’m of course thrilled I came up first in the search.


  3. Teresa says:

    Miss Ruby could brighten even the gloomiest of days. What a spectacular color!


  4. linda says:

    She’s a beauty for sure Anna, and pairs nicely with the hydrangea.

    Wish they were more hardy in these parts. I’ve tried several in previous gardens and they’ve never proved to be very long lived. One or two seasons is about all they can take around here. I see buddleias for sale all the time, but only rarely in gardens. A lot of us around here have tried them several times and eventually give up on getting more when one after the other doesn’t come back. I’ve had the same experience with bluebeard. I love them, but they don’t love zone 5. I hope breeders will eventually come up with some that are more reliable here.


  5. Magenta!! My favorite girlhood color in the giant flip-top box of crayons. I still love it! Especially in flowers that attract butterflies. Oh goodness.


  6. cindee says:

    Wow so pretty! I am sure there will be a big beautiful display next year!!!(-:


  7. Betty Eshenour says:

    That could replace that big honking light pink hibiscus somebody gave me that I don’t like. I used to have the Lady Baltimore hibiscus at our previous home and She was a beauty! Might just have to add this to my Wish List for 2010.


  8. Dottie says:

    What a beautiful one that is! I don’t have good luck with these shrubs in my zone 5. I finally lost my last one in the gardening over last winter. Might have to give this one a shot though.


  9. Hey Anna,

    Indeed ‘Miss Ruby’ is a must have in the garden. Remember too, this compact plant works well in smaller gardens (for smaller still, check out the ‘Blue Chip’.)

    In case you didn’t know, ‘Miss Ruby’ was named after Ruby McSwain in Sanford. ‘Miss Ruby’ was developed by Dr. Dennis (Denny) Werner, plant breeder at NCSU and former director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In the 2008 Buddleja trials at the Royal Horticulture Society at Wisley (England), ‘Miss Ruby’ took first place by a wide margin – taking 17% of the votes of the 107 varieties tried.

    Also a moderate seed setter, cutting back doesn’t keep you as busy as other Buddlejas will also lessening the weedy nature Buddleja have is some areas of North Carolina. H.


  10. Good morning Anna, a so wonderful buddleia, loved the color. It´s a great thing to meet a woman who has lived that long… being around since 1700s… wow!!!!! I want to know all the tips..
    Maria Cecilia


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