Butterfly Bush 'Blue Chip'Buddleja x 'Blue Chip'
This Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’) has wonderfully shaped, purplish blue flowers. This variety of Butterfly Bush grows very compactly (just 60 cm!) and the gorgeously scented flowers attract a lot of butterflies. Requires little or no maintenance, especially as it tolerates drought. Suitable for borders and in a pot on your patio or balcony.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreEnsure a well drenched Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’ root ball – place in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting. Dig a wide hole and fork the soil loose. Plant the Butterfly Bush root ball at the correct height – the top of the root ball should be just below ground level. Refill the hole with soil and press firmly down. Water immediately after planting. Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’ thrives in fertile soil. Improve poor garden soil with well rotted manure and fertiliser pellets. Plant the 'Blue Chip' Butterfly Bush in a sunny or part shady spot.
Combining your ‘Blue Chip’ Butterfly Bush with other plantsAs this plant does not grow too tall, it can be planted together with Clematis. You will kill two birds with one stone if you do: the base of the Clematis is covered with (Butterfly Bush) flowers, and the Clematis roots are protected! Clematis roots can't stand the sun on them so this is essential. Choose a Clematis that also has dark blue in the flowers (Clematis 'Jackmanii'), or a contrasting colour like pink (Clematis 'Nelly Moser').This Butterfly Bush makes a great addition to the border thanks to its profusion of flowers. As it is a low grower, the plant can also go in the middle of the border instead of at the back. Perfect for a blue, or blue and pink, border!Also ideal for under small trees or in a tree border.Extremely suitable for in a nice planter as it is very drought resistant!
Show moreBuddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’ is a strong shrub requiring little or no maintenance. Mulch in the Winter with garden compost and fertiliser pellets. Wet soil will not be appreciated in the Winter but has few other demands from its soil.
Pruning your Butterfly BushBuddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’ flowers on year old twigs. Prune the Butterfly Bush back to about 20cm above the ground, every year at the start of April.
Show moreThere is a reason that the Buddleja is called the Butterfly Bush. The little purplish blue flowers in flower spikes, smaller in the 'Blue Chip' than in big Buddlejas, attract a multitude of butterflies. Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’ should really not be lacking in a butterfly garden. The flowers also smell wonderful.Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Chip’ does not propagate itself so will not take over your garden!