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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DescriptionObsessed with variegation? Here is another plant to add to the collection! A newly released perennial, Golden Feathers Jacob’s Ladder has golden variegated foliage complemented by purple flowers in late spring into summer. Appetizing to pollinators and deer resistant, this delicate looking perennial packs a punch! Highlight its gorgeous foliage by using ‘Golden Feathers’ as a border plant, for a care-free container, or alongside bright flowering shrubs! Compact and tolerate of full sun to moderate shade, this plant would make a great addition to any flower bed. DetailsBotanical name: Polemonium pulcherrimum ‘Golden Feathers’ Common name: Jacob's ladder Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Full (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day) Height x width: 6-8” x 12-14” Flower color: Purple Foliage color: Variegated green and yellow Season of Interest: Spring-Summer Bloom time: Spring Features: Rain gardens, rabbit resistant, proven winners, low flammability, fragrant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Border, shade gardens, cottage gardening, massing, pollinator gardens, containers, woodland, wildflower gardensHow To GrowSoil: Thrives in any well-drained soil. Light: Perform well in full sun if given adequate moisture, but prefer part sun in warmer zones. Water: Will thrive in average to moist conditions, but prefers not to be soggy in winter. Spacing: 12-14 inches apart Fertilizing: Fertilizer isn't needed regularly. Light applications of all purpose garden fertilizer in early spring, but be sure not to over fertilize as this can result in weak, unattractive growth. Winterizing: Do not apply mulch over crowns in winter, as this can cause rot. Maintenance & pruning: Remove spent foliage in early spring before new growth emerges. Deadheading after bloom may increase the chances of rebloom. Once planted, they are best left alone, as they do not transplant well.