Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lo and Behold 'Blue Chip' Buddleia is a Winner

photo taken at JC Raulston Arboretum in June 2009
Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip’ is a very dwarf butterfly bush (buddleia) for the summer garden. Take advantage of its compact 3 x 4 foot height and width by planting it in the garden or in a container on a sunny patio deck or patio by itself . In large containers mix in shorter growing summer annuals such as trailing petunia, scaevola or alternanthera.

Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip’ maintains its clean growing habit all season long. Gardeners with limited space can attract butterflies and hummingbirds to their garden with this colorful buddleia. It produces loads of fragrant blue flowers which bloom continuously. It thrives in the summer heat and humidity and the foliage stays blemish-free.

'Blue Chip' is non-invasive. It's self-cleaning and will bloom from mid-summer to frost without deadheading. Each proceeding spring, you won’t need to drastically prune 'Blue Chip' as you would the larger growing buddleia varieties. Plants are deer resistant and drought tolerant.
‘Blue Chip’ was still blooming in my Southern Appalachian garden in late October .

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