Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionEnormous pink flowers and a space-saving habit? This perfect combination is brought to us by none other than Pugster Pinker™ butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.)! Replacing the original Pugster Pink®, this buddleia features bigger and richer blooms than its predecessor. This dwarf buddleia's study stems give it better winter survival than conventional butterfly bushes. Combine that with its deer and drought resistance, and you've got an almost care-free shrub!
This prolific buddleia will liven up your garden for months and months with dozens of candy pink, honey-scented blooms. Tuck this space-saver into a sunny spot in your perennial garden or pair it with your favorite container; wherever you plant it, butterflies will come!DetailsBotanical name:Buddleia x 'SMNBDPT' Patent: PP 33,565 Common name: Butterfly bush Zone: 5 -9 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours) Height x width: 2' x 2-2.5' Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer, fall Features: Space savers, rabbit resistant, proven winners, low flammability, heat tolerant, fragrant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, containers, best for beginners Uses: Specimen, flower gardens, butterfly, and hummingbird gardens. How To GrowSoil: Butterfly bushes require very well-drained, even dry, soils. Do not amend or add anything to the soil at planting time, as this can cause serious drainage problems. In clay soil, plant butterfly bush, so they are slightly above, rather than even with, the soil. Light: Full sun - at least six hours of bright sun each day is necessary for healthy plants and abundant blooms. Water: Low to average watering; soil can even be dry once established. Butterfly bush does not tolerate wet conditions for any period of time. Spacing: 2.5' Fertilizing: Little needed; if desired, apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring. Do not fertilize in fall. Winterizing: In fall, plants can be trimmed lightly if desired but save major pruning for spring. If mulching, do not apply heavily at the base of the plant. Maintenance & Pruning: Butterfly bushes are best pruned in spring, once the new growth has begun to emerge. At that point, cut just above where big, healthy buds appear. Give butterfly bushes plenty of time to emerge in spring, especially in colder climates - this may take several weeks, even if other plants in your yard are already leafing out.
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Love my little Pugster Butterfly bush.
Arrived in great shape and it just blooming away out there in my garden.
Thoughts so far on butterfly bushes
When I received the plants, they were looking pretty rough. The soil was dry and the plants looked like they were going to die. I gave them water and let them sit for a couple days. They did perk up. I planted them, but upon seeing the roots, didn’t hold out much hope that they would live. They are still alive! I hope they stay alive. Was disappointed in the condition they arrived in though. Other places do better. Not sure I will try again with them or not. We shall see!
Great plants!Been in ground for a couple weeks. Blooming now.Butterflys love them!
Pugster Butterfly bush
Love them. They flower and you don't have to deadhead them. they are compact so you really don't have to trim them. And even the leaf without the flower is attractive.