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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DescriptionAnouk Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk') has silver foliage and deep purple flowers that look refreshing through the heat of summer! It combines large, showy flowers with a compact habit, making it easy to fit into your cottage or pollinator garden. Fragrant flowers and foliage attract pollinators but repel garden pests like deer and rabbits.
What makes Spanish lavender (or Lavandula stoechas) so unique? The flowers bloom earlier and have a distinct shape, with brightly colored petals emerging at the very top of the flower spikes. It's often referred to as "butterfly lavender" for these showy petals and their ability to attract pollinators. It grows as an evergreen shrub in warmer zones and can even be trained into tree form, but colder zones (down to zone 6!) can enjoy it as a perennial. DetailsBotanical name:Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk' Plant Patent: USPP 16,685 Common name: Lavender Zone: 6 - 10 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 24-30" tall and wide Flower color: Deep purple Foliage color: Silver-gray Season of interest: Spring through fall Bloom time: Summer, fall Features: Space savers, rare unusual, rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, fragrant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, massing, ornamental, herb garden, pollinator gardenHow To GrowSoil: Any well-drained soil will do. Lavender cannot tolerate wet soils for any length of time. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun)
Water: Dry to average. Very tolerant of dry conditions once established. Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Lavender needs little in the way of fertilizer. However, if your plants are severely set back by winter damage, you could apply some granular garden fertilizer in early spring to give it a boost in its recovery.
Winterizing: Plants may get some damage in winter, which can be exacerbated by wet soil conditions.
Maintenance & pruning: Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune once or twice a year to keep plant shapely. Prune in the spring after the lavender wakes up. Wait until the lavender has new growth (do not worry if it takes a while to wake up).
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