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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DescriptionDon't settle for a crapemyrtle that only looks interesting in bloom – Rikki Tikki® Pink crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) brings beauty all season with its red-silver-green leaves. They create a multi-color effect that is way more interesting than conventional varieties. This Proven Winners selection is crowned with hundreds of bright pink flowers, creating a stunning floral display all summer long. Shrubby habit makes this plant well-suited to various landscape uses, like hedging and specimen. Plus, it's compact size makes it perfect for almost any sized landscape! More cold tolerant than other crapemyrtles, so even those in colder climates can enjoy this showy beauty in their landscape.DetailsBotanical name:Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLIDS' Patent #: USPPAF Common name: Crapemyrtle, Crape myrtle, Crepe myrtle Zone: 6 - 10 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun). Height x width: 3-5' tall and wide Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green with red Season of Interest: Summer Uses: Hedge, edging, flower gardens, specimen, containers. How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day). Water: Average. Space: Plant at least 4' apart. Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well. Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended, USDA zone 6. Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on new wood, so can be safely pruned in spring, though it is rarely necessary, thanks to its tidy, dwarf habit. Dead wood can be removed in spring, once new growth has begun to emerge and it's clear where any dieback may have occurred.