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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DescriptionLooking for something to jazz up your shaded garden? Look no further than 'Rainbow's End' hosta (Hosta sp.) This hosta forms a healthy mound of vibrant foliage that stands out in both garden beds and containers all season long. Featuring foliage that is both shiny and variegated, this hosta has it all! Its dark green and bright yellow leaves look perfect when paired with its dark lavender blooms in late summer. Wherever you plant 'Rainbow's End,' it's sure to stand out.DetailsBotanical name:Hosta 'Rainbow's End' Common name: Hosta Zone: 3 – 9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 11″ x 21″ Flower color: Purple Foliage color: Variegated shiny foliage with dark green and yellow Season of interest: Spring through fall Bloom time: Late summer Features: Rain gardens, low flammability, cold tolerant Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, cottage gardens, foundation planting, massing, mixed beds, woodlandHow To GrowSoil: Performs well in average or fertile soil. Light: Thrives in shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Water: Has average water needs, and once established, plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves). In general, soils should never be allowed to dry out. Spacing: 20" apart Fertilizing: In spring, a light fertilizer can be applied around the emerging plant, but not touching it. Winterizing: Leave foliage standing in fall to help protect the crown. If desired, a layer of mulch can be applied in a 2″ layer very near the base. Maintenance & pruning Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
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