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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DescriptionLittle Vision in Pink Astilbe (Astilbe chinensis) instantly adds whimsy to garden beds and patio containers with its unique flowers. It brings a pop of color to late summer with upright, fuzzy pink flower plumes lasting until early fall. It looks appealing even when not in bloom with dark green, fern-like foliage.
Don't let its appearance fool you; it's low maintenance, deer resistant, and easy to grow. No deadheading is required to enjoy the beautiful blooms. We even suggest leaving the spent flowers for winter interest! Try planting it in groupings between bold hostas, colorful heucheras, spring-flowering hellebore, or as an underplanting to hydrangeas.DetailsBotanical name: Astilbe chinensis 'Little Vision in Pink Patent #: USPP 21,886 Common name: Astilbe Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Height x width: 14-16" tall and wide Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer Uses: Accent, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain garden, Under planting, Waterside, WoodlandHow To GrowSoil: Grows best in organically rich, evenly moist, well-draining soil. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Water: Likes soil consistently moist. Adding mulch can help retain soil moisture.
Spacing: 18-24 inches Fertilizing: Astilbe is a heavy feeder that requires lots of nutrients. Fertilize early in the spring to produce healthy flowers with a 5-10-5 fertilizer blend. After it has bloomed, apply an additional handful of fertilizer around the plant's base. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Foliage dies back in winter and can be cleared away in early spring before the plant sends up new shoots. Maintenance & pruning: No deadheading is required unless you don't like the appearance of spent blooms. If left on, they provide winter interest to the garden. Divide the roots of the plant in early spring or late fall when the plant is dormant.
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Colorful Foliage For Shade Gardens
Don't waste another season on a dull shade garden! Whether they are the classic green and unique blues, or purples and red hues, these plants will give at least three seasons of color in your garden.