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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DescriptionSay yes, to ‘Love Story’ hosta! This hosta variety from Proven Winners features large heart-shaped leaves that start a creamy white near the center and transition to a gorgeous dark green near the edges. The leaves also feature chartreuse-colored veins throughout, adding an additional dimension to the plant. ‘Love Story,’ much like other hosta varieties, is also highly versatile and a staple for shade gardens. This powerful perennial can be used in nearly any setting, including borders, hedges, and even for landscaping in urban areas. With its unparalleled disease resistance, pollinator appeal, and ease of care, you’ll fall in love with ‘Love Story’ hosta in no time!Details Botanical name: Hosta hybrid ‘Love Story' Patent #: PP34269 Zone: 3-9 Sun exposure: Shade (<4 hours sun), Part-shade (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 16″ tall x 42″ wide at maturity Flower color: White Foliage color: Blue-green, chartreuse Season of Interest: Spring/Summer Bloom time: Early Summer Features: Proven winners, rain garden, heat tolerant, container plants, cold tolerant, best for beginners, wet soils, Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, woodland How To Grow Soil: Evenly moist, well-drained soils, rich in organic matter, are best. Light: Part-shade to full shade. Water: Average. Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Spacing: 36-42" Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring. Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. A 2" mulch after the ground freezes will help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns. Maintenance & Pruning: Hostas with thick leaves like this one are typically less appealing to slugs than other types. However, if slugs are particularly active in your garden, use slug bait, dishes of beer, or diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
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