New Plants for a New Year

January 9th, 2012 | featured | admin | No Comments

It’s a new year, a new you, and hopefully new additions to your garden or perhaps a new garden. With the holidays behind us, we can now look forward to spring and all the new plants it brings us. This month we feature new, unusual, and lesser known plants that warrant consideration for a place in your garden.


One such new plant that deserves consideration for your garden or in a decorative container on your porch, deck, or patio is a relatively new dwarf form of Butterfly Bush called Blue Chip. This plant is the first in a line of dwarf Butterfly Bushes that grow only 30 inches tall.


Blue Chip Butterfly Bush does not require pruning or deadheading, is drought tolerant, and is deer resistant. This plant can be used as a low perennial massing, a low hedge, or as an accent in a garden container.


Blue Chip Butterfly Bush

Buddleia x ‘Blue Chip’


Size: 24″-30″ tall and wide


Bloom: Continuous from late June through August and into September


Bloom Color: blue to purple-blue


Foliage Color: Grey-green


Exposure: Full sun


Soil: Prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils and can tolerate drought once established


Prune back deadwood in early spring as new foliage is emerging. Do not prune back too hard as this plant sprouts new growth from the older wood of the plant. A slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs can be applied in the early spring. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended rate of application.


Use this plant in the perennial or shrub border in small, medium, or large massings for interest, textural, and color contrast. This plant does not develop the weedy character typical of other larger growing Butterfly Bushes. It is also useful and attractive when used in containers. However, be sure to bring the container inside a tempered space for the winter or the cold air will kill the plant.


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