Plant of the Week: PUGSTER WHITE® Butterfly Bush

a group of Pugster White Butterfly Bushes planting in a landscape

Sun-loving Stunner

If there is one thing you should know about butterfly bushes, it’s that they love the sun. Heat and drought in the garden can be a real issue, but they’re no match for butterfly bushes. I’m telling you about Pugster White® butterfly bush (Buddleia) today because there’s nothing quite like refreshing white blooms during the heat of summer.

Close up of the large white flower spikes on Pugster White Butterfly Bush

Like the other members of the PUGSTER® series of butterfly bushes, Pugster White® sports very large blooms on a dwarf habit. The fragrant white flower spikes first emerge in summer and continue to bloom into fall, giving you and, of course, the butterflies plenty of time to enjoy them.

As I mentioned, butterfly bushes love the sun, so plant Pugster White® in full sun! This dwarf shrub stays 2’ tall and wide, making it a lovely choice for so many gardens and uses. It is suited for USDA zones 5-9 and is deer-resistant. Plant Pugster White® in well-draining soil and avoid overwatering it, as butterfly bushes don’t do well in wet, soggy soil—remember, these shrubs are extremely drought tolerant! 

Pugster® butterfly bushes don’t require deadheading to ensure continuous bloom, but it is best to prune them after new growth emerges in spring. Remove about ½ to ⅔ of the height and width; just make your cuts about ¼ of an inch above a healthy bud. Pruning butterfly bushes not only helps them maintain a tidier shape but also ensures the shrub flowers from bottom to top (an unpruned butterfly bush will only flower at the top).

The Six Main Plant Types

When you walk into a garden center, you’ll be greeted with six main plant types: annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, houseplants, and bulbs. Have you ever wondered what each of those plants’ defining characteristics are? Check out Kristina’s “What’s the difference between annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, houseplants, and bulbs?” blog or the video below to learn more about the differences so you can make plant choices that are right for your space and your needs. 

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  1. Buddleia is invasive and should not be recommended. It provides no benefit to butterflies despite its name.

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