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 with small spaces rejoice! With Fire Light Tidbit® hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata), everyone has room for a stunning small hydrangea in their garden. While Fire Light Tidbit® may be small, it doesn't sacrifice big beautiful blooms. This tiny shrub boasts dozens of large, white mophead flowers in early-mid summer, covering its green foliage. As the season goes on, its lush blooms get blushed with pink and red tones, staying colorful until the first frost. This small hydrangea variety also features colorful autumn foliage, which is unique for hydrangea of this type.
No need to worry about flopping flowers; this easy-care shrub has thick and sturdy stems that create a neat, mounded plant that leaves no flowers on the ground. Perfect for the landscape, flower gardens, and even containers, Fire Light Tidbit® is incredibly versatile.DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPK' Patent #: USPP 32,512 Common name: Panicle hydrangea, Hardy hydrangea, Pee gee hydrangea Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours) Height x width: 2-3' x 3' Flower color: Bright lime cream to white turning to pink to red Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Summer thru fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Space savers, proven winners, low flammability, heat tolerant, fall color, cold tolerant Uses: Background, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, specimen, cut flower How To GrowSoil: Average, well-drained soils. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is highly recommended. Light: Most varieties tolerate full sun in the North, but benefit from afternoon shade. Tolerates full sun only if grown with consistent moisture. In the South, plants require afternoon shade. Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet. Panicle hydrangeas suffer dramatically in poorly drained or wet areas. Spacing: 3 ft Fertilizing: Little required. Apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: Panicle hydrangeas are very cold tolerant and need little more than a 2-3" layer of mulch to conserve moisture and prevent cold damage to the roots. Maintenance & pruning: Blooms on new wood, which means that the plant creates its flower buds only once it has started leafing out in spring. This means it can be pruned in spring and still flower. We recommend cutting back by one-third of its total