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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DescriptionFerns are widely known for their appealing texture, but 'Jurassic Gold' wood fern (Dryopteris wallichiana) is also loved for its striking colors. Golden-orange fronds unfurl in the spring in clusters that instantly brighten shaded areas in the garden. Golden colors slowly mature to a rich green as the season progresses. As a compact fern, it's suitable for mixed beds, containers, or underplantings with larger shrubs. Since it's deer-resistant, rabbit-resistant, adaptable, and reliable, we recommend it to gardeners of any level!DetailsBotanical name:Dryopteris wallichiana 'Jurassic Gold' Common name: Fern Zone: 5-9 Sun exposure: Shade (< 4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 24" tall x 18-24" wide Foliage color: Golden, orange, green Season of interest: Spring, summer, fall Features: Rain garden, ground covers, deer resistant, container plants, best sellers Uses: Accents, border, container, ground cover, massing, small spaces, specimen, underplanting, woodlandHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, slightly acidic, medium to wet soils. Prefers consistently moist, humus soils that are rich in organic matter. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Water: Soil should not dry out, though it is mildly drought tolerant once established. Spacing: 1-2 feet Fertilizing: Apply fertilizer during the growing season if needed, though it generally is not required. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring. Maintenance & pruning: Site in locations sheltered from strong winds to protect the fronds. Other than removing old growth in spring, no pruning is needed.