Miniature Butterfly Bush

By Charlie Nardozzi

Butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii) are the darlings of the midsummer perennial border. Their flowers form on new growth and become more numerous as the summer goes on. It's a great delight to watch many different butterfly species alighting on the blossoms. However, one of the drawbacks of many butterfly bush varieties is their size. Some varieties reach 6 to 8 feet tall and have a very rangy appearance.

The new Lo & Behold miniature butterfly bush series developed at the Raulston Arboretum in North Carolina is the first to feature dwarf varieties, and the first variety to be introduced is 'Blue Chip'. 'Blue Chip' grows only 2 feet wide and tall and stays in a compact, mounded shape all summer. The blue flowers are produced continuously from midsummer to frost. It rarely produces volunteer suckers, and the flowers don't need deadheading. You can plant 'Blue Chip' in a container or in the front of a perennial border. It's hardy in zones 5 to 9.

For more information about 'Blue Chip' miniature butterfly bush, go to: Wayside Gardens.

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