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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DescriptionWhat if you could bring the magic and beauty of a summertime firework show into your garden? Estrellita Little Star™ firecracker bush (Bouvardia x) brightens up the landscape with clusters of star-like tubular blooms that add bright bursts of color all summer long. Much like a real firework display, you'll enjoy a range of warm hues with this cheery shrub! Expect pops of red, orange, and hot pink to be displayed in its tiny blooms. This floriferous shrub continues to bloom throughout the season without any need to deadhead. Try planting it in mass for a vibrant display or brighten up your patio by planting it in your favorite container.DetailsBotanical name: Bouvardia x 'WINBUESLST' Patent #: USPPAF Common name: Firecracker bush, scarlet bovardia Zone: 8-10 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 1.5-2′ x 1.5-2′ Foliage color: Green Flower color: Red, orange, hot pink Season of Interest: Spring-fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Rare & unusal, proven winners, low flammability, heat tolerant, evergreens, dry soils, drought tolerant, container plants Uses: Border, Container gardening, cut flower, mass planting How To GrowSoil: Evenly moist, well-drained soil. Cannot be grown in soils with alkaline pHs. Light: Full sun to part sun. Water: Evenly moist, average Spacing: 1.5-2′ Fertilizing: We recommend fertilizing in early spring by applying a slow-release fertilizer meant for shrubs & trees. Winterizing: No special care is needed for those in warmer zones (8-10). If in a cooler zone, we recommend growing in a container and taking it indoors during fall-spring. Maintenance & Pruning: If desired, prune in late winter/early spring. Deadheading is not necessary for continuous blooms.
Four out of the six ordered are doing well and even have some flowers. The other 2 are not dead but more like the runts of the litter , I hope they start to improve and grow . I love the Estrellita Little Star™ Firecracker Bush and will add to our property.
I won't know whether this plant is successful until next summer. Right now, both are growing, though they're thirstier than I'd like. They're getting established, and I don't expect blooms this year.