Roberta's Gardens

Roberta's Proven Winners® Butterfly Bush Pugster®



The best new compact Butterfly Bush to hit the garden is here... the Pugster. Growing to only 2’ tall and wide, it can grow where no other Butterfly Bush has grown before!

This winter hardy shrub still blooms huge 8” long light purple flowers from summer to frost. Prepare to be delighted by its lovely fragrance as well as watch the butterflies dance in your garden all season. It was awarded the 2021 flowering shrub of the year by Proven Winners®. It was also the planetarium gold medal, the best in the show!

  • 1-gallon pot 
  • Perennial
  • Blue
  • Award-Winning
  • Drought, Hot, and Dry Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Long-Blooming
  • Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Pollinator Friendly
  • Container Friendly
  • Deer Resistant
  • Nice Cut Flowers
  • Shrub Border, Edges, Foundation, and Walkways
  • BLOOM TIME:  Summer to Early Fall
  • SUN-SHADE: Full Sun
  • We don't ship to AK, HI, PR, VI, Guam
  • Garden Guide Included

    Shipping and Handling Included

    Care Instructions

    Water:  Water your plants immediately after taking them out of the box. Give them enough water so the soil appears damp and water trickles out the bottom of the pot.

    Plants look Dry, or Foliage appears Lackluster: Sometimes, plants may appear dried out and wilted after the voyage. Do not despair. The foliage may look lackluster when this happens, but the rootstock is still perfectly healthy and alive. To plump your plants back up, water them and wait 5 minutes and then water them again. This will generally rehydrate them. Keep these plants well-watered until you can replant them into larger containers or in the garden within the next week. If plants arrive dry, it is often because the roots have outgrown the small shipping pots and need more room to grow; roots tend to dry out quickly in small containers. Your plants are very much alive; when you transplant them into larger pots or the earth, they will start growing quickly! So, replant them as soon as possible. Remove any yellow or brown foliage. If a lot of the plant's foliage has yellowed, you may cut the foliage back to just above the soil line. This will allow your plant to restart, encouraging bushier, thicker growth.

    Time to Plant!  Your plants are now ready to be replanted. Follow the planting guide inside for detailed instructions on how to plant your new plants most effectively.

    First-Year Maintenance: The first year (or sometimes two) will require additional maintenance for perennials. During the first season of growth, even if the plant is known to be drought-tolerant, it is very important to water your plants on a regular basis, meaning up to 3-4 times per week. When plants are in their infancy stage, they need to be watered by their caretaker until they’ve had a chance to build a strong enough root system to subsist on their own. If you are experiencing severe heat or drought-like conditions, or your plants appear consistently droopy, you may need to water your plants almost every day.

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