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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DescriptionLittle Henry® sweetspire (Itea virginica) was one of the very first Proven Winners shrubs – and its popularity shows no signs of abating. It’s no wonder: this very handsome native shrub has glossy, leathery foliage all season, and elegant white flower spikes in early summer. They give off a sweet-spicy fragrance you’ll look forward to every year. But the show doesn’t stop there. Come autumn, the foliage turns a dazzling array of red and burgundy, creating a carpet of color.
Little Henry is a dwarf version of our native sweetspire, growing shorter and more compact than wild types. It should be given plenty of room, however, as once it is established in proper conditions, it spreads to form a lush colony. It’s one of the best flowering shrubs for shade! Grows well in wet soils, too.DetailsBotanical name:Itea virginica 'Sprich' Patent #: USPP 10,988 Common name: Sweetspire, Virginia sweetspire, Itea Zone: 5-9 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) , part-sun (4-6 hours sun), shade (<4 hours sun). Can take full shade, but flowering and fall color will be diminished. Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Early summer to autumn Bloom time: Early summer Features: Proven winners, native, fragrant, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, ground cover How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Established sweetspire can take some dryness. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day), part-sun (4-6 hrs/day), shade (<4 hours sun). Can grow in full shade, but flowering will be diminished, and fall color will not be as vivid. Water: Average. Space: 2 - 4' 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: Nothing special required, aside from a good 2-3" layer of mulch. Mulch is especially important in zones 5 and 6. Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on old wood, so should only be pruned after bloom. Dead wood can be removed in spring, once new growth has begun to emerge and it's clear where any dieback may have occurred.
It arrived well packaged and trimmed, but healthy. It went in the ground within a few days. It has a few new leaves, and I'm looking forward to spring.
Sweet little plants
As always, plant arrived healthy and well packaged. Love ordering my plants from here! Thank you for excellent service and products.
Ordered 6 plants, they arrived as scheduled in great condition, they are now about 5 weeks in the ground and thriving thanks to the helpful advice from Great Garden Plants.
Idea Little Henry
Plants came packaged very well and in good condition. It took me awhile to figure out just where to plant but they acclimated well in the meantime. Can’t wait to watch them grow and support the nature in my backyard
Little Henry Sweetspire is a Winner!
We love Little Henry Sweetspire for its great spring flowers and excellent fall color accent. Had a lot of success with it in DFW area and it is taking off in NE FL. Could not find at local nurseries so Great Garden Plants gave us access to this excellent specimen.