Name: Buddleja davidii ‘SMNBDBT’ aka Pugster dwarf butterfly bush.
Type of Plant: A dwarf butterfly bush that blooms prolifically through the summer. Hardy in zones 5 – 9, and best planted in full sun. Grows 2 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter, tolerant of heat.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love how low and round these shrubs are. I love their flowers, and the fact that they come in several colors. And I love how the plant just keeps on cranking out the blooms all summer.
A Word to the Wise: All of the advertising about this shrub says that you don’t have to deadhead, and in terms of flower production this is true. The shrubs keep blooming without clipping off the old, brown flowers. But if you do cut off the faded and brown blooms, the plant looks SO much better! So take a few minutes every week, perhaps with your favorite beverage during the cocktail hour, and cut off the brown flowers. You’ll be happy that you did.