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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DescriptionThink you want a big hosta? Well, think bigger! 'Big Daddy' Hosta lives up to the name, forming a giant mound of sturdy blue-green foliage. The large leaves form cups and pucker as they mature, holding onto water droplets after rain or morning dew. In summer, white bell-shaped flowers bloom above the foliage and attract pollinators. Between the foliage and flowers, hostas provide interest all season long.
Hostas are incredibly easy to grow and maintain, even in city environments. Since the leaves are thick and textured, they are resistant to slug damage, which commonly plagues other hostas. Plant it in a moist, shady corner and watch it thrive!DetailsBotanical name: Hosta 'Big Daddy' Common name: Hosta Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 24" X 36" Flower color: White Foliage color: Blue Season of interest: Spring through fall Bloom time:Summer Features:Rain gardens, privacy & screening, container plants Uses: Accent, background, border, container gardening, foundation planting, hedge, massing, privacy, screen, 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.
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