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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DescriptionGardeners without sunny gardens can rejoice! With 'Miss Piggy' pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia) you can enjoy sweet pink flowers, even in shady spots. Forming clusters of pink blooms in early to mid-spring, this perennial is an excellent option for growing in flowerbeds that are typically too shady for flowering bulbs. It also looks great in a mixed container! Its thick green leaves are both deer and rabbit resistant and provide interest long past this perennial's spring bloom time.
Commonly called pigsqueak due to the noise it makes when rubbing its leaves between your fingers, this charming perennial is sure to add some joy to your garden each year.DetailsBotanical name: Bergenia cordifolia 'Miss Piggy' Patent #: USPP 32,132 Common name: Pigsqueak Zone: 4-9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), Shade (>4 hour sun), part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 16-18" tall x 28-32"wide Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring Bloom time: Early spring, midspring, late spring Features: Rare & unusual, rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, ground covers, deer resistant, container plants, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Ground cover, border plant, container gardening, cut flower How To GrowSoil: Tolerant of a wide range of soils. It prefers to be grown in rich, moist, and well-draining soil. Light: Does best in part sun but is tolerant of any sun exposure. Water: Has average water needs, does not like to be overwatered. Spacing: 28-32" Fertilizing: No special care is needed. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: Apply a layer of mulch in the fall to protect plant roots. Maintenance & pruning: Remove old foliage in late winter-early spring. Remove spent flowering stems throughout the season.