Very disappointed in this plant. I planted twelve of the Lo & Behold butterfly bushes around a circular concrete pad in spring of 2017. They were absolutely lovely the first summer -- adapted well and bloomed profusely all summer long. In Spring 2018, unfortunately only nine of the 12 came back. Those nine were lovely. This spring, only two have survived. I live in Ohio, Zone 6, and had the plants in a sunny border with good soil. Not sure what happened, but very disappointed.
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
My Current Zone
Compact; reblooming; non-invasive; drought-tolerantFragrant FlowerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingDeadheading Not NecessaryDrought TolerantAttracts:BeesButterfliesHummingbirdsResists:DeerSmall or Miniature
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:18 - 30 InchesSpacing:20 - 32 InchesSpread:20 - 28 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:indigoFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:silver-greenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bHeat Zones:9Water Category:LowUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:GroundcoverUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Hedges; mass plantings; perennial gardens; mixed borders
The next generation of Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' butterfly bush, young Junior is smaller, less brittle, and has attractive silver-green leaves. Great for mass plantings, containers or mixed into perennial gardens. This charmer flowers from mid-summer to frost. Winner of a Silver Medal at Plantarium, 2015. 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.Fun Facts:
This non-invasive variety is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington, though it will be called a "summer lilac" instead of a "butterfly bush."Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr.' Buddleia x USPP 26,581, Can 5,620
Kristi S.OhioUnited States8 weeks ago
I have two Lo and Behold Blue Chip jr. Plants. They are doing very well, full of blooms and they attract butterflies. Both plants have been in the ground for 2 seasons and are very healthy and easy to maintain.Judy BrootenGeorgiaUnited States2 years ago
Great first year. Planted in full sun with good soil. Has to be pruned completely to ground even in zone 7a winters. Doesn't return in wet springs. Not hardy at all. Regret purchasing.SanchezMarylandUnited States3 years ago
Good Plant; however, The Pink Micro Chip is GREAT !Ken Fets4 years ago
I have two of these planted in my front bed. They are amazing performers, very low-maintenance, and eye-catching. Many people ask me about them. They attract the most beautiful butterflies and the color is outstanding paired with bright yellows or pinks.HeatherKansasUnited States4 years ago
I have had this plant in my garden for three years. This year, I added two more. They are always loaded with butterflies and they smell wonderful. Also are pretty carefree.MargieIllinoisUnited States5 years ago