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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DescriptionIs it pink? Is it red? Whatever color you call it, 'Miss Ruby' is one of the prettiest butterfly bushes you can plant in your garden! Decorated with multiple awards around the world - including a prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in England - you will adore the vivid color and elegant, semi-dwarf habit that's equally at home in the garden, landscape, or a large container. Attracts lots of butterflies while also resisting damage from deer and rabbits. This very special selection from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs was developed by renown plant breeder Dr. Dennis Werner.DetailsBotanical name: Buddleia 'Miss Ruby' Common name: Butterfly bush Patient: PP19,950 Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) Height x width: 4-5' x 4-5' Flower color: Pink-red Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Mid summer-Fall Bloom time: Early summer, midsummer, late summer Features: Rabbit resistant, proven winners, low flammability, heat tolerant, fragrant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, cottage gardening, mass planting, hedges, flower gardens, small spacesHow 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 do not tolerate wet conditions for any period of time. Spacing: 5 - 6 feet Fertilizing: Little needed; if desired, apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: In fall, plants can be trimmed lightly if desired, but save major pruning for spring. Do not fertilize in fall, and 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.