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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DescriptionCenter Stage® Red Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia) commands attention in the garden, even when it's not blooming. Deep black leaves and dark purple stems put on a dramatic display all season long. Bright cherry-red flowers make fantastic contrast with the foliage as they bloom in summer. This shrub makes it hard not to stop and stare!
The best part? You won't have to worry about diseases that typically plague the species. It has been carefully bred to ensure it looks fresh and glossy all season long. Plus, it's vigorous, deer resistant, and heat tolerant, so you can spend less time worrying about its success. With a space-saving narrow habit, it's easier than ever to find room for in your garden!DetailsBotanical Name:Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLICBF' Patent: PP #32,515
Common Name: Crapemyrtle, Crape myrtle, Crepe myrtle
Zone: 6b - 10
Sun Exposure: Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day). Height x Width: 6-12' tall x 8' wide Flower Color: Red
Foliage Color: Green
Season of Interest: Summer Bloom time: Summer Features: Rare & unusual, proven winners, heat tolerant, deer resistant Uses: Hedge, edging, flower gardens, specimen, containers How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day). Water: Average.
Spacing: Plant at least 8' apart.
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: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended, USDA zone 6.
Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on new wood, so can be safely pruned in spring. Dead wood can be removed in spring, once new growth has begun to emerge and it's clear where any dieback may have occurred.
This little fella had a rough start. I kept it indoors for a few weeks to see if it would perk up. Once I planted it the horrible heat way came along. It's doing well at this time. I hope the extra water and attention will pay off.