I planted three of these in my front flower bed last Spring (2019) and really liked them. They bloomed well and we received a lot of complements. However, none of them survived the winter. We live in central Ohio, well within the plant's advertised hardiness zone, so I am very disappointed. Additionally, we did not have extreme cold temperatures this past winter. I would not recommend for zones 5-6, even though it lists them as appropriate.
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).
The original Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' butterfly bush was a game-changing plant, and Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip Jr.' is an even better version! Look to this slightly smaller variety to show bluer flowers and a much earlier bloom time, ensuring even more color, beauty, and butterflies. Foliage has a silvery hue that looks right at home among flowering perennials and shrubs.
Top reasons to grow Lo & Behold Blue Chip Jr. Butterfly Bush:
- Blue spiky blooms all summer
- Earliest to bloom of all the Lo & Behold series
- Sun-loving and deer resistant
Award: Silver Medal at Plantarium, 2015.Fragrant 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 bordersFun 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
Brian Bookheimer, Ohio, United States, 8 weeks ago
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.Kristi S., Ohio, United States, 1 year 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 Brooten, Georgia, United States, 2 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.Sanchez, Maryland, United States, 4 years ago
Good Plant; however, The Pink Micro Chip is GREAT !Ken Fets, 5 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.Heather, Kansas, United States, 5 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.Margie, Illinois, United States, 6 years ago