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Buddleia Lilac Chip Butterfly Bush
One of the new dwarf Buddleia hybrids, Buddleia Lilac Chip is a deciduous compact shrub with an abundance of panicles of highly fragrant lilac flowers that bloom from mid-summer right through until the first frosts. Its scented blooms are loved butterflies and bees.
Buddleia Lilac Chip will reach a maximum height and spread of 60 cm over time, making it an ideal shrub for good ground cover for mass or smaller plantings. It is also particularly useful in mixed borders rockeries and patio containers. Lilac Chip Butterfly Bush can be pruned to shape if required.
Buddleia Lilac Chip likes full sun and partial shade and well drained but moist fertile soil.
From the Family Scrophulariaceae, the Genus Buddleja can occur as either evergreen or deciduous shrubs. Originating in Japan and China and first introduced to Britain in the 1890’s, it has several hybrids and varieties that have been developed over the years. Their small, tubular, fragrant flowers are known across the Genus. Buddleia Lilac Chip is a fully hardy shrub, and its compact growth habit makes it a perfect fit for smaller spaces in the landscape. The flowering period extends from mid-summer on to frost. The small habit also makes it a good choice in containers and pots. It has all of the free flowering characteristics of other Buddlejas, but it is much easier to maintain. Due to the fact that they are sterile, Lilac Chip Butterfly Bush won’t set seed or become invasive with time.
Buddleia Lilac Chip prefers full sun positions and moist, well-drained soils. The pH of the soil should be slightly acidic for best results. They grow at a moderately fast rate, with ultimate height of 0.6 metres and a spread of similar proportion achieved in short order. They are considered moderately drought tolerant as well. Very few insect or disease pests will harm the Lilac Chip Butterfly Bush.
Some common uses for Buddleia Lilac Chip include either as a border or a mass planting; an individual specimen in a container or garden, or possibly even a wildlife garden as they are a magnet to songbirds and butterflies; while also not favoured by deer and other wildlife that would feed on the foliage. Other applications include cottage gardens, Mediterranean type plantings, or for a rustic looking specimen, your Butterfly Bush will fit in a wide variety of environments.
Other Dwaft Buddleia Hybrids inlude Buddleia Blue Chip.
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