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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DescriptionStriking colorful foliage and strict upright habit give Prairie Winds®‘Blue Paradise' Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium) serious appeal in the four-season landscape. The foliage emerges silvery-blue in spring and has a columnar habit, growing up to 3.5’ tall. By late summer, foliage shifts to burgundy coloring, accented by tiny tan seed heads. This little bluestem holds its statuesque form throughout winter, providing vertical interest for onlookers and a source of cover for wildlife. As a native plant, it is well suited for challenging planting situations - withstanding high heat, drought, and helping stabilize erosion with ease!DetailsBotanical name:Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blue Paradise' Patent #: USPP 28,145 Common name: Little bluestem Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 3-3.5' x 2' Flower color: Tan Foliage color: Blue-green Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time: Summer Features: Winter interest, Proven Winners, native, heat tolerant, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Background, border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, naturalizing, erosion controlHow To GrowSoil: Will thrive in most soils but prefers fertile, well-draining sites. Light: Performs best in full sun (> 6 hours sun). Water: Has average water needs but will tolerate drought once established. Spacing: 2 to 3 feet apart Fertilizing: It does not require fertilizer. Winterizing: Can leave foliage standing for winter. Maintenance & pruning: Prune to the ground in late winter before new growth has emerged.
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Grasses for Winter Interest
Adding ornamental grass is one surefire way to bring beauty to the bleakness! Here are a few options that each have a unique pop to add to that garden you’re gazing out at during those especially chilly days.