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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DescriptionHow could the old-fashioned favorite, lily of the valley, be even more charming? With pink flowers! 'Rosea' lily of the valley (or Convallaria majalis var. rosea) blooms in mid to late spring with pale pink bell-shaped flowers. While the flowers are small - they have a big presence - boasting a sweet fragrance that wafts through the garden.
Lily of the valley resists deer, rabbits, and other pests. It fills in quickly to transform difficult areas into low-maintenance swaths of green. Plant it in an area with even moisture and shade for the best performance!DetailsBotanical name: Convallaria majalis var. Rosea Common name: Lily of the valley Zone: 2 – 8 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 6-8″ X 12-18″ Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Uses: Container, edging, ground cover, massing, small spaces, underplanting, woodland How To GrowSoil: Evenly moist, humus-rich soil. Light: Grows well in morning sun to full shade, in all but the driest of spots. Hot afternoon sun may burn leaves. Water: Moderate, prefers even moisture. It can tolerate dry conditions but often goes dormant early (though it will return the following season without fail). Spacing: 24″ apart. Fertilizing: Grow in well-drained soil that is moderately fertile and humus-rich. We do not recommend fertilizing at planting time or during the first growing season. If soil is low quality in successive years, a light scattering of slow-release fertilizer in spring should be sufficient. Winterizing: Keep old foliage over winter to protect crowns. After the ground freezes, apply a loose layer of oak leaves, pine boughs, or straw. You can gradually remove mulch and cut back old foliage in early spring. Maintenance & pruning: Little care is needed; if plant spreads beyond the desired area, dig extra plants out. Divide as necessary.