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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DescriptionSmall but showy! Pugster® Amethyst buddleia allows you to enjoy full-size flowers without sacrificing space in your garden. This dwarf butterfly bush is graced with a bounty of plump, frosty purple blooms that last up to 5 months in summer. Prepare to be delighted as butterflies and pollinators galore flock to buddleia's distinct honey fragrance.
Drought tolerant once established and no deadheading needed, your buddleia will pump out lavish blooms without much work from you! If you've struggled with butterfly bushes before, it might be time to try again, with this buddleia's improved garden performance and winter hardiness. Just tuck this long-blooming beauty in a sunny spot and enjoy the show.DetailsBotanical name:Buddleia x 'SMNBDL' Patent #: USPP 30,236 Common name: Butterfly bush Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 2' x 2' Flower color: Lavender Purple Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer, early fall Features: Space savers, 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, massing, small spaces 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' 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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The Pugster is so small and cute but still has big vivid blooms. I'm planting it in a special place in the garden where it can be seen, and its fragrance enjoyed and am looking forward to years of having this sweet miniature plant.
S.S. (New York)
Pugster amethyst butterfly bush
The plants were a little droopy when they arrived but now are doing great. I'm very happy with them.
david a. (North Carolina)
Glad I purchased it..
They arrived in great condition and are doing fine.