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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DescriptionVariegatus maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) effortlessly brightens the landscape with striking variegation. Bold, white stripes highlight the green leaves, creating a refreshing contrast. Silvery plumes shimmer above the foliage in the fall, continually providing texture and color throughout dull winters.
This grass provides interest year-round and is ideal for creating a light, colorful hedge. It requires little maintenance and is unbothered by heat, drought, and deer, making it easy to grow! However, if high winds or heavy storms come your way, it may need a little extra support with stakes.DetailsBotanical name:Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' Common name: Eulalia, variegated Japanese silver grass, maiden grass, variegated maiden grass Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 5-9' X 4' Flower color: Reddish-brown Foliage color: White and green variegation Season of interest: All year Bloom time: Late summer Features: Winter interest, rabbit resistant, privacy & screening, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Background, border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimenHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-draining soil. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). They tend to flop when grown in too much shade. Water: Average. Prefers moist soils, but once established, it's drought tolerant. Spacing: 3 - 6 ft. Fertilizing: Too much fertilizer can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer, if needed, is in the spring as growth is resuming. Winterizing: Leave foliage standing throughout winter for visual interest. Substantial clumps tend to flop (or collapse when subjected to heavy winter snows) and often benefit from some support. Maintenance & pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter before new shoots appear. Mature clumps of ‘Variegatus (3-4 years +) produce substantial foliage, which sometimes needs support. Older clumps tend to die in the center leading to an unattractive shape and appearance. Dividing every third year is a safe rule of thumb.
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Grasses for Winter Interest
Adding ornamental grass is one surefire way to bring beauty to the bleakness! Here are a few options that each have a unique pop to add to that garden you’re gazing out at during those especially chilly days.