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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DescriptionWinter is long, cold, and dreary, so do something good for your eyes and spirit by planting Arctic Fire® Yellow dogwood (Cornus sericea) from Proven Winners. This native shrub looks pretty, if unassuming, all season - and when the leaves drop in autumn, they reveal an array of brightly colored yellow stems that positively pop in the landscape. This is a super durable native shrub that can take almost anything you can throw at it: shade, wet soil, deer, rabbits. None of them can stop this plant from doing what it does best, looking fantastic in the gloomiest part of the year.DetailsBotanical name: Cornus sericea (syn. C. stolonifera) 'SMNCSBD' Patent #: USPP 32,351 Common name: Red-twig dogwood, yellow-twig dogwood, red osier dogwood Zone: 2 - 7 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-5' tall x 6' wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Spring Bloom time: Spring Features: Winter interest wet soils, suitable for slopes, proven winners, native, drought tolerant, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Accent, background, border, erosion control or embankment, foundation, hedge, massing, naturalizing, rain garden, slopes, specimen, waterside, woodland How To GrowSoil: Adaptable to most any level of soil moisture and pH. Can become stressed in extremely dry conditions, however. Light: Sun/part sun/shade. Will grow and survive in deep shade, but will not flower strongly, nor will its winter color be quite as vivid as if it gets some sun. Water: Readily tolerates wet conditions and is often found growing on river banks and lakeshores in the wild. Established plants can tolerate some drought, but extreme drought may compromise aesthetics. Spacing: 5-6' apart Fertilizing: Supplemental fertilizer is not required. However, if you want faster growth, apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring, then again in early summer if desired. Winterizing: No special care needed. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is beneficial. Stems can be cut for decorations and arrangements if desired. Maintenance & ; pruning: The best stem color on red-twig dogwoods appears on stems that are one or two years old. As stems mature, they develop corky, bark-like growth that obscures the color. As such, plants should be pruned yearly or every other year once they're established (3-4 years after planting). You can do this in one of two ways: one, by cutting the entire plant back to small stumps in early spring (note that this method removes flower buds; it also will leave you with no coverage for several weeks as the plant recovers. The second method involves removing one-third of the oldest growth each spring by nipping it out at the base.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.