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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DescriptionThink you don't have room for a rose of Sharon? Think again! Meet Purple Pillar® (Hibiscus syriacus), a unique hibiscus that naturally grows upwards in a column making it easy to fit in just about any narrow space-no pruning needed! Its tall stems are packed with purple flowers that bloom continuously from summer-fall. Deer resistant, drought-tolerant, and incredibly easy to care for, Purple Pillar® is practically perfect in every way.
This rose of Sharon has unlimited landscape potential! Try creating a narrow hedge, or flank an entryway; it even makes a stunning accent plant in your perennial garden. Simply plant in a sunny place and watch this plant shine.DetailsBotanical name: Hibiscus syriacus 'Gandini Santiago' Patent #: USPP 25,569 Common name: Rose of Sharon, hibiscus, althea Zone: 5-9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 10-16' x 4-5' Flower color: Purple Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Privacy & screening, Proven Winners, heat tolerant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, best sellers, best for beginners Uses: Background, border, container gardening, foundation planting, hedge, ornamental, privacy, small spaces, specimen How To GrowSoil: Plant in any well-drained spot. Can take some dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) is best Water: Average Space: Min. 4' apart Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Winterizing: No special treatment is required; 2-3" of mulch is recommended. Maintenance & Pruning: Rose of Sharon does not need regular pruning, but may be pruned or trimmed in early spring if desired.
NOTE: Rose of Sharon is late to leaf out in spring. That doesn't mean it's dead! Be patient.
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