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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DescriptionSome hostas are steel-blue or green-blue, but 'Prairie Sky' hosta really is sky blue! Powdery blue teardrop-shaped leaves keep their refreshing blue hues all season long. Its leaves are quite thick and waxy, repelling slugs that commonly plague other hostas. In summer, light lavender flowers attract pollinators as they float above the foliage.
Hostas are a great option for beginner and experienced gardeners looking for low-maintenance shade plants. It looks good in any weather, from spring to fall. Try planting it in a container or a moist, shaded corner and watch it thrive!DetailsBotanical name: Hosta 'Prairie Sky' Patent #: USPP 17,309 Common name: Hosta, plantain lily Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 14" x 36" Flower color: Lavender Foliage color: Blue Season of interest: Spring to fall Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, 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: 3 feet 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
Your Questions about Growing Hostas, Answered
Hostas are known for commanding attention in the shade garden. Learn how to grow hostas, transplanting hostas, when they bloom, why your hosta is turning brown, and more to grow them like a pro.