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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DescriptionGatsby Pink® oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is just as easy-care as other oakleaf hydrangeas, but twice as colorful. Its big, fragrant, white blooms age to a bright, vivid pink that persists clear through the first frost. That color becomes even showier when the big, oak-shaped leaves turn deep red-burgundy in autumn. Enjoy a colorful display for months!
This is a fairly large plant that's perfect for an eye-catching specimen, flowering hedge, or mixed into your pollinator or native plant garden. It's the best hydrangea for shade and the best option for year-round beauty. Plus, it's native to North America, making it easier to maintain and a friend to pollinators. It's easy to see why this oakleaf hydrangea from Proven Winners is an all-time best seller!DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea quercifolia 'JoAnn' Patent #: USPP 27,879 Common name: Oakleaf hydrangea Zone: 5-9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) in cool areas; part-sun (4-6 hours sun) in warm climates. Height x width: 6-8' tall and wide Flower color: White turning vivid pink Foliage color: Green, turning deep red-burgundy in autumn Season of Interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer, fall Features: Proven winners, privacy & screening, native, heat tolerant, fall color, best for beginners Uses: Flower gardens, landscaping, specimen, flowering hedge, pollinator gardens, native plant gardens. How To GrowSoil: Like other hydrangeas, oakleafs do best in well-drained soil with average moisture. They can take some dryness once established, but they do not tolerate wet conditions. Adaptable in terms of soil pH. Light: Plants can take full sun (6+ hrs/day) in cooler areas, but afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. Overall, oakleaf hydrangeas have the best performance in shade compared to other types of hydrangeas, but flowering and fall color are best in at least some sun! Water: Average. Oakleaf hydrangeas do not tolerate overwatering or poor drainage. Space: min. 6' apart Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Winterizing: Oakleaf hydrangeas are very hardy and easily withstand harsh winters, so need no special care. A good 2-3" layer of mulch helps protect the shallow roots. Do not cut back or prune oakleaf hydrangeas (see below for more info). Maintenance & Pruning: Oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood; that means they have their flowers buds for the following season all through winter, so they cannot be cut back without removing flower buds. It is best to avoid pruning or trimming them altogether, though you may selectively remove branches to develop a nice shape and silhouette if desired.
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