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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DescriptionSunshine Blue® II blue mist spirea (also called bluebeard, caryopteris, or Caryopteris incana) is a new and improved version of the classic Sunshine Blue® variety, with improved tolerance to cold weather. This is the hardiest caryopteris yet, shrugging off even cold Midwestern winters. It boasts attractive bright gold foliage that makes an eye-popping contrast with the dark blue flowers in late summer and fall. It's an excellent plant for attracting pollinators - bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds adore it!
Sunshine Blue II® caryopteris is a Proven Winners® Color Choice Plant selection, which means it passed rigorous testing & evaluation. Rugged and low maintenance, caryopteris is ideal for the mixed perennial border or as a low-growing hedge plant. Plant it in your garden, and you won't be disappointed!DetailsBotanical name:Caryopteris incana 'SMNCVH' Patent #: USPP 28,093 Common name: Blue mist, Blue mist spirea, Bluebeard Zone: 5 - 9 Exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 2-3' X 2-3' Flower color: Deep blue Foliage color: Yellow Season of interest: Late summer - fall Bloom time: Late summer, fall Features: Rare & unusual, Proven Winners, heat tolerant, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, hedge, massing, specimen How To GrowSoil: Well-draining soil is a must. It tolerates dry conditions once established. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Water: Low to moderate. It tolerates some drought but is intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils. Spacing: 3 feet Fertilizing: None needed. If you wish, apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: Stems will often die to the ground in the cold winters of Zones 5 and 6, with roots surviving to push up new stems in spring. Maintenance & pruning: In spring, when the new growth begins to emerge on the stems, cut back to just above where big, healthy buds appear. The plant may be cut back up to two-thirds of its total height, but will recover as long as there are living buds below the cut. This approach keeps the plant dense and tidy, and prevents it from splaying out or cracking.
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.