Plant Needs Light Requirement: Sun Maintenance Category: Easy Blooms On: New Wood Bloom Time: Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer Hardiness Zones: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b Water Category: Average, Needs Good Drainage
Features This miniature butterfly bush has all the appeal in a smaller package! Flowers from mid summer to frost. Pruning generally not needed, but may be trimmed in spring. Fragrant flowers. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Top reasons to grow: - Best Seller - Award Winner - Fragrant Flower - Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer - Long Blooming - Heat Tolerant - Deadheading Not Necessary - Drought Tolerant - Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds - Resists: Deer - Small or Miniature
Uses Container Groundcover Landscape Uses Notes: It's great for perennial gardens and container gardens. 'Blue Chip' also makes a fantastic mass planting.
Maintenance Notes This little butterfly bush really is a charmer! It has all the fragrance and butterfly appeal of traditional varieties in a small, easy to maintain package. 'Blue Chip' stays under three feet tall without any pruning, and blooms continuously from mid summer to frost without deadheading. It is frost tolerant, non-invasive and very easy to grow.
Cold, wet winters can be really hard on buddleia, so here are a few tips to help your buddleia thrive in your garden:
1. Make sure the soil is well-drained. That place where the plow truck dumps snow in the winter? Not a good idea.
2. Full sun. That's at least 6 hours. No cheating.
3. Plant early in the season. This gives the plants all summer and fall to establish. Fall planting can be chancy in northern regions.
4. Wait until it leafs out in spring before pruning. In some years you may have to prune it back to the ground. After milder winters, maybe not so much. Avoid fall pruning.