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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DescriptionBrilliant, broad, and buff are the three words we'd use to describe 'Brother Stefan' hosta! Puckered green leaves are splashed with gold variegation in the center. Colors are muted in the spring, but sure are brilliant in the summer. The massive leaves form a broad mound, making it the focal point in the shade garden. Thick, heavily corrugated leaves are buff enough to withstand common garden pests, like slugs.
Did we mention how easy it is to grow? This elegant shade perennial is surprisingly durable. Plant in the problematic, shady corners of your garden and watch it thrive!DetailsBotanical name: Hosta 'Brother Stefan' Common name: Hosta Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 1.5' x 3' Flower color: White shades Foliage color: Gold with green margins Season of interest: Spring to fall Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, woodlandHow 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: 3 feet apart 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
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