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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DescriptionThis tough to the roots native brings beauty to the garden at a time when pollinators and humans alike enthusiastically welcome it. Springtime is a riot of color, especially when ‘Magenta Sprite’ phlox is blooming! Its flashy magenta flowers practically jump out of the front of the border, where it grows in an 8” tall spreading mound. Useful in gardens that could use some exciting spring edging or in areas that need a low growing mass planting.DetailsBotanical name:Phlox 'Magenta Sprite' Patent #: PP31239 Common name: Hybrid spring phlox Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 6-8" x 18-22" Flower color: Pink-purple Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer Bloom time: Midspring, late spring Features: Proven winners, native, ground covers, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Alpine and rock, container gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spacesHow To GrowSoil: Performs in a variety of soils, but prefers those that are well-drained soil. Plants prefer soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. Light: Phlox grows best in full sun, but this particular variety has better tolerance than others for part shade. Water: Average. Spacing: 18 - 22 inches Fertilizing: If an application is needed, use an all-purpose garden fertilizer in spring. Winterizing: No special care is needed. Cut foliage in late fall to prevent powdery mildew and other fungal diseases from returning in spring. Maintenance & pruning: Cut back stems after flowering by 1/2. This will ensure dense growth and an attractive habit for the summer months.