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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DescriptionHello Spring!™ Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) springs into action at the beginning of the season with crisp white and green foliage! Rust-resistant blades grow upright to form clumps of foliage that stay fresh all season long. In summer, white flower spikes rise above the leaves for added interest. Keep the foliage and flowers standing all winter for extra appeal.
Feather Reed Grass is versatile and easy to grow. Worry less knowing this plant will thrive in nearly any condition and requires little maintenance. Looks especially delightful when planted in large groups. Since it withstands moist soils, try growing near ponds or streams!DetailsBotanical name:Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Hello Spring' Common name: Feather reed grass, foxtail grass Zone: 4 - 10 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3-4' x 2' Flower color: White Foliage color: Green and white variegation Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time:Summer Features:Winter interst, rain gardens, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Accent, background, border, container gardening, cottage gardening, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, rain garden, screen, waterside How To GrowSoil: Average to wet soils. It performs well in heavy clay soils, unlike many of the other ornamental grasses. Light: Sun to part-sun. More sun exposure may increase blooms, but they do appreciate some shade in hot climates. Water: Soils should be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Spacing: 2-3 ft. Fertilizing: Most ornamental grasses need very little fertilizer. It is best to base any fertilizer applications on the results of a soil test. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Maintenance & pruning: Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new shoots appear. Clumps may be divided in spring every 4 to 5 years. If ornamental grasses are not divided, they eventually become thin or die out in the center.