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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DescriptionFestivus Gold® Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolium) boasts brightly colored foliage, soft white flowers, and an appealing habit. This shrub shines in the landscape all season long with durable yellow leaves. In the spring, clusters of small white flowers blanket the entire plant. They have a delicate and sweet fragrance that is adored by pollinators (and gardeners). It grows into a thick and substantial semi-dwarf habit that looks fantastic in any landscape.
High sun exposure and fungal diseases can cause foliage to look drab, but Festivus Gold® never seems fazed. It doesn't take much work to keep the leaves looking cheery. It's easy to grow and drought tolerant once established, making it an excellent option for beginners. Plus, it's a Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrub, so you know it won't disappoint.DetailsBotanical name: Physocarpus opulifolium 'Bert Darts G' Patent #: USPP 26,246 Common name: Ninebark Zone: 3 - 7 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 3-4' x 3-4' Flower color: White Foliage color: Yellow Season of interest: Spring through fall Uses: Accent, background, erosion control or embankment, foundation planting, hedge, massing, naturalizing, ornamental, screen How To GrowSoil: Very adaptable to a wide range of soils. Highly tolerant of clay and alkaline soils. Light: Performs best in full sun. Water: Has average water needs. Will not tolerate overwatering, but established plants will tolerate dry conditions. Spacing: 4-5 feet apart Fertilizing: Fertilizer needs are low. If you have poor soil, feed in early spring with an all-purpose garden fertilizer. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Maintenance & pruning: No pruning is strictly necessary, but the oldest stems can be pruned out in late winter or early spring to rejuvenate. Too much pruning could result in an odd habit.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.