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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DescriptionAdd a splash of color when you need it most with Beyond Midnight® bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) from Proven Winners. This late-season bloomer grows as a tidy mound of deep green, glossy foliage all season, then explodes with vivid purple-blue flowers late summer through fall. Thriving in hot sun, dry soils, and deer resistant, Beyond Midnight® is a truly rewarding and easy-care plant.
Pair with sun-loving perennials to extend your gardens staying power with this long-blooming wonder. Pollinators of all kinds flock to this bluebeard, adding to the spectacle this purple plant provides. Perfect for small spaces and containers, this versatile shrub makes an excellent addition to any sunny garden.DetailsBotanical name:Caryopteris x clandonensis 'CT-9-12' Patent: USPP 27,426 Common name: Bluebeard, Blue mist spirea, Caryopteris Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide Flower color: Blue Foliage color: Dark green Season of Interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer, fall Features: Rare & unusual, Proven winners, heat tolerant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant Uses: Specimen, flower gardens, backdrop, landscaping. How To GrowSoil: Bluebeard requires well-drained, even dry, soils. Thrives in the same kind of spots as butterfly bush. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day). Water: Low to moderate, bluebeard does not tolerate wet soil or overwatering. Space: Min. 3' apart Fertilizing: Little fertilizer is needed. Winterizing: Leave plant intact over winter (you can give it a light trim to remove the seedheads if desired). Do not apply a thick layer of mulch in the winter, as it requires dry conditions, particularly during cold weather. Maintenance & Pruning: Wait until new growth begins to emerge in spring to prune. Cut back to just above where large, healthy buds are emerging.
Life In The Garden
Pollinator-Friendly Perennials to Keep Your Garden Buzzing
Pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystems, gardens, and especially our food chain. Flowers produce pollen as a means of reproduction. While there are so many pollinator-friendly plants to choose from, here are seven of our favorites. You’ll love them, and the pollinators will too.