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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Description'Bevan's Variety' cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum) is truly a testament to cranesbill's performance as a hardy ground cover. Not only is it attractive to look at, thanks to its magenta blooms, but it's also easy to care for! Fragrant foliage blankets the landscape and creates a lush mat of light green foliage that is both deer and rabbit resistant. Plus, it's drought tolerant once it establishes in your garden. We love it both as a ground cover or in a container. This perennial is versatile, reliable, and beautiful- it's the total package!DetailsBotanical name: Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' Common name: Cranesbill, geranium, bigroot geranium Zone: 3-8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 8-12" tall and 18-24" wide Foliage color: Green Flower color: Magenta, pink-purple Bloom time: Late spring to mid summer Features: Rabbit & deer resistant, heat tolerant, ground covers, drought tolerant, cold tolerant Uses: Ground cover, container plant, border, pollinator gardens How To GrowSoil: Tolerant of most well-draining soils but prefers moderate fertility and moist soil. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Plants prefer some part afternoon shade in the southern half of their growing zone. Water: Average water needs. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Spacing: 18 inches. Fertilizing: Benefits from a light application of balanced, granular fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Can leave foliage standing for winter and remove in spring when new growth begins. Maintenance & pruning: Can prune anytime during the summer to shape the plant. Divide and move clumps in spring.
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