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Lo & Behold™ Blue Chip Butterfly Bush

2-Quart
Item # 48942
$19.95
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Buddleia davidii Lo and Behold™ 'Blue Chip' PP#19,991

Blooms continuously (rather than in waves) and never needs deadheading.

Plant Patent #19,991. The first in the exciting new Lo & Behold™ series of miniature Buddleias introduced by the Raulston Arboretum, this mounding, well-branched plant reaches less than 2 feet high and wide, yet flowers continuously (rather than in waves) and never needs deadheading. It offers an entirely new form for the beloved Butterfly Bush, and is compact enough for groundcover or container use.

'Blue Chip' reaches less than 24 inches high and wide, yet flowers profusely beginning in early summer (somewhat earlier than many) and continuing without cease into autumn. Unlike most older varieties, 'Blue Chip' concentrates all its energy into flowering, and offers no volunteer sprouts or messy debris to collect at season's end. It doesn't even need deadheading!

Like all Butterfly Bushes, 'Blue Chip' thrives in full sunshine - the more the merrier! - and any well-drained soil. Water and feed it well the first year to get its root system established in your garden. Once it feels at home, it's quite forgiving of heat, humidity, poor soil, and even drought! And it needs no special care beyond a strong pruning in early spring -- cut it down to rd its original size in late February/Early March, and watch it return even more dense and floriferous than before! Deer leave it alone, but hummingbirds as well as butterflies are attracted to its sweet, lightly fragrant blossoms. Now you can enjoy the ease and beauty of Buddleia in entirely new garden settings, thanks to 'Blue Chip'! Zones 5-9.

Genus Buddleia
Species davidii
Variety Lo and Behold™ 'Blue Chip'
PPAF PP#19,991
Item Form 2-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Season Early Summer - Mid Fall
Habit Dwarf
Plant Height 24 in
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Blue
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover
Restrictions Washington, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Buddleia Lo & Behold
Asheville landscape architect from NC wrote (August 05, 2013):
Love this shrub for its continuous bloom and overall shape, BUT, like B. 'White Ball', it is definitely not dwarf. Most I have seen, after 3-4 years, are at least 4 ft. high and wide. Maybe they need to be planted in really poor sandy soil to stay at 20 inches.
Really Beautiful Flower!!!! Must See It To Believe It!!!!
Kathy from MD wrote (May 07, 2012):
I purchased this flower approximately 2 years ago. They grow really quickly. I planted 3 of these around my lamp post and they are so beautiful and they are maintenance free! I plan to purchase more!
Take the time to research which tree you want and its needs. Try to get as much information as you can about your tree before you plant. This section offers a few brief tips about general care that should get you started in the right direction. The Rising Sun™ Redbud

How to Plant Your Tree

When planting a new
tree, know the strengths and weaknesses of your treevariety. For example, if your tree has delicate leaves placing the trees fully exposed to drying sun and wind will certainly lead to scorched leaves and a puny trees. Think of your tree's habit and mature size when planting. You would not want a tree that will be 15' wide in a few years planted too closely to any permanent structure or other trees. Choose a place with plenty of room in a partially shaded place, preferably a spot where your tree can get a nice dose of morning sun and be protected through the harshest part of those hot summer afternoons.

Gardeners will often plant their trees in holes that are too deep and too narrow. Roots need access to oxygen and room to grow. Dig a hole about three times the width of the root ball, and the crown (the place where the roots meet the trunk) should be level with the soil surface. If you have clay soil, make sure to break up the sides and bottom of the hole to prevent water from being trapped and rotting your brand new tree. If your tree was in a container, carefully pull apart the roots to ensure that your tree does not become girdled and strangle itself. Recover the soil to the crown, but do not pack it down tightly—loose dirt allows roots to become established.

How to Feed and Water Your Tree

Trees, once established are very low-maintenance for most of the year. Most trees love moisture—during the warmer months, make sure you give your tree a deep watering about twice a week during hot, dry summers to help it establish strong roots.Some varieties with more delicate leaves may have a tendency to dry up and scorch in the summer or freeze in a late frost and scorch. If you suspect a late frost is headed your way, just go ahead and cover the more delicate plants in your garden. Deep watering may be your only hope against drying in the summer.

An all-purpose slow-release fertilizer or rich compost will supply the basic nutrients to feed most trees. Just work the fertilizer into the soil around the tree at the beginning of every season to get the best results.

How to Prune Your Tree

If your tree has been properly planted, has established itself, and has developed a strong root system, the only thing left to do is periodic pruning and shaping. Pruning maples is really simple. Remove dead or damaged limbs, and any new growth that appears on the main trunk (allowing your tree to focus its energy on filling out its distinctly beautiful branches). You may also want to shorten long limbs that distract from the overall shape of the tree.

Choosing Tree Varieties to Suit Your Garden

Want to make a dramatic change in the overall look of your garden? Planting a trees is the quickest way to change the look and feel of your garden. Trees add structure and height, and they have striking presence and style. A few strategically placed trees in your landscape design can change the entire look and feel of your yard. Planting a tree provides incredible results for the modest amount money and time invested, it's good for the environment, and it's fun.

Some of the quickest growers are also the most interesting. Many varieties of dense firs, colorful maples, and wispy willows grow quickly enough to noticeably change the look of your garden in just one season. Fast-growing trees are as functional as they are beautiful—quickly providing privacy screens, shade trees, and dramatic color and fragrance that could take years to achieve with slower varieties.

Landscape Design with Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Most Pines, Cypresses, and Thujas grow incredibly fast, and make a great quick fix for most of your tree-related garden needs. A tall pine, like a Loblolly or Rock Pine, can reach impressive shade-tree heights in a third of the time that it would take many deciduous trees to reach the same height. And the long, dark-green, wispy needles give an ephemeral—almost mystical—feel, turning your garden into the setting of a great fairytale. Thujas, also known as Arborvitae, are the fastest-growing evergreens around. Their dense green foliage is perfect for blocking outside sights, sounds, and wind—turning your garden into a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle.

Fast Growing Deciduous Trees

Many of the most popular trees for gardeners are also some of the fastest growers. Red Maples and Weeping Willows are sold bare-root, about two or three years old, and not more than a few feet tall. But often, after being planted in your yard, they will grow 3 to 5 feet in one year. These trees are popular because of their interesting foliage and habit, and because they offer such quick return on investment, they have become indispensable in landscape design.

Grow Your Own Fruit

Growing your own fruit is cheaper, more fun, and usually a lot safer than buying fruit from the grocery store. Also, fruit trees are usually very impressive in the garden--they usually have pretty, fragrant blooms, and they attract humming birds and butterflies.

Fruit trees are always popular, but often it takes several years before a tree produces a substantial amount of fruit. There are a few fast-growing fruit tree varieties that produce a useful amount of fruit within a couple seasons. Dwarf citrus trees are small, and mature very fast, but you can only grow these in containers unless you live in a very warm place. Trees from the genus Prunus, like cherries, apricots, plums, and peaches, all grow fairly quickly, and they are so diverse that any gardener will be able to find exactly what they need.

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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Buddleia Davidii
Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac

Planting:

B. davidii will adapt easily to almost any good garden soil, so long as they receive full sun.


Maintenance:

In the northern portion of the range, Buddleia tend to die back to or near to the ground over the winter. Even in areas where they do not die back, they should be cut back to the ground in the fall or early spring to encourage vigorous spring growth. They break dormancy late in the spring, but with the onset of warm weather will grow rapidly and without attention. Do not overfeed.


Zones:

Zones 5-9