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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DescriptionThe Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) boasts dozens of basketball-sized blooms for over two months! The white, cloud-like flower heads look like they're floating among the foliage. This hydrangea flower show begins midsummer with pure-white flowers that fade to a chartreuse green in the fall. They're perfect for cut flowers, both fresh and dried.
Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs developed Incrediball® Hydrangea as a stronger, non-flopping replacement to Annabelle hydrangea. This selection has sturdy, thick stems, so the flowers stay upright all summer long. The perfect 5' tall habit of Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea makes it an ideal specimen or flowering hedge. You can't go wrong with this new, improved version of the old fashioned favorite.DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo' Patent #: USPP 20,571 Common name: Smooth hydrangea, Native hydrangea, Snowball hydrangea Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-5' x 4-5' Flower color: White and chartreuse Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Summer-fall Features: Proven winners, native, heat tolerant, cold tolerant Uses: Background, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, specimen. How To GrowSoil: Average, moist, well-draining soils. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun). It especially enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade. Water: Water to keep soil moist, but not wet. Intolerant of drought, so don't allow the soil to dry out. Spacing: 3-6 feet Fertilizing: It is generally unnecessary, but you can fertilize once in spring if soils are deficient or growth is slow. Winterizing: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew. Spread a layer of mulch around the plant for added protection. Maintenance & pruning: This variety blooms on new wood. In late winter or early spring, cut stems back by about one-third their total height, which builds a strong woody base while also encouraging abundant new growth for lots of flowers and a lush, full look.
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