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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DescriptionShadowland® 'Empress Wu' Hosta is genuinely one of the largest hostas we've ever seen! Given enough time, this hosta will reach epic proportions, creating a prehistoric display you'll look forward to every year. Huge, thick textured blue-green leaves reach over 18 inches across and are resistant to slug damage.
Large, pale-violet flowers hover over the foliage midsummer. Hostas are incredibly easy to grow and maintain, even in city environments. Find a shady corner of your garden and watch it thrive!DetailsBotanical name:Hosta 'Empress Wu' Patent #: USPP 20,774 Common name: Hosta Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3-4' X 5-6' Flower color: Pale violet Foliage color: Blue-green Season of interest: Spring through fall Bloom time: Early summer, midsummer Features: Proven Winners, heat tolerant, container plants, cold tolerant, best sellers, best for beginners Uses: Accent, background, border, container gardening, foundation planting, hedge, massing, privacy, screen, specimen, woodland How To GrowSoil: Performs well in average or fertile soil. Light: Thrives in shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Water: Has average water needs, and once established, plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves). In general, soils should never be allowed to dry out. Spacing: 5 - 6' Fertilizing: In spring, a light fertilizer can be applied around the emerging plant, but not touching it. Winterizing: Leave foliage standing in fall to help protect the crown. If desired, a layer of mulch can be applied in a 2" layer very near the base. Maintenance & pruning: Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
Your Questions about Growing Hostas, Answered
Hostas are known for commanding attention in the shade garden. Learn how to grow hostas, transplanting hostas, when they bloom, why your hosta is turning brown, and more to grow them like a pro.
I just planted her when my husband accidentally ran over her with the lawn mower (dont worry he got an ear full) … Empress Wu still grew back! Long live the queen!
The plant that arrived was expertly packaged and was in very, very good shape. Well done!
The plan arrived in a timely manner, and was a good size and it was in excellent shape. I planted it immediately, and it has already grown quite a bit. I could not be more pleased.
The review I posted earlier was a review of the wrong plants! But my review of everything I have gotten from Great Gardens is the same: Excellent! My Empess Wu Hostas are large and healthy and are thriving even in the extreme heat. I have been amazed at the quality of Great Garden plants.