Lo & Behold® Blue Chip Jr. Buddleia
Buddleia davidii Lo and Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr' PPAF
The Lo & Behold® series of miniature Buddleias was already such a breakthrough for the Butterfly Bush, but now the Raulston Arboretum has outdone itself! 'Blue Chip Jr.' improves on 'Blue Chip' in several ways: it is even smaller, it is less brittle, and the leaves have more of a silver sheen to them. This much-anticipated sequel is not available until 2015 or later from most suppliers, but we are happy to offer it in the Spring of 2014!
The latest 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. This is the best variety ever developed for use as a groundcover or container specimen.
'Blue Chip Jr' reaches just about 20 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 Jr' 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! And the lack of seeds also makes 'Blue Chip Jr' less invasive, which is especially important in areas where seeded varieties of Butterfly Bush are now regulated.
Like all Butterfly Bushes, 'Blue Chip Jr' 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
|Variety||Lo and Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr'|
|Zone||5 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Mid Fall|
|Plant Height||20 in|
|Plant Width||20 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Seedless/Sterile|
|Foliage Color||Light Green, Medium Green, Silver/Gray|
|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, Hedge|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington, Oregon|
Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.