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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DescriptionEnjoy a burst of blue blooms in summer! Blue Diddley® chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) boasts colorful flowers for months that are beloved by pollinators. Its dwarf habit takes up far less space than conventional vitex making it perfect for home gardens. Thriving in hot weather and climates, you don't have to worry about this beauty drooping in the heat! Blue Diddley® grows much like a butterfly bush and requires similar growing conditions- making it the perfect deer resistant addition to pollinator gardens.DetailsBotanical name: Vitex agnus-castus 'SMVACBD' Patent #: USPP 26,614 Common name: Chaste tree Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun Height x width: 3-6' Tall X 3-6' Wide Flower color: Purple, blue-purple Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Summer Bloom time:Summer Features:Rare & unusual, proven winners, heat tolerant, dry soils, rough tolerant, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Cottage gardening , Ornamental. How To GrowSoil: Any soil will do, including very poor soils - good drainage is imperative, however. Light: Full sun. Water: Dry to average Space: Min. 3' apart. Fertilizing: Apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring if desired. This may be particularly beneficial in the colder end of its hardiness range. Winterizing: May die back to ground in colder climates Maintenance & Pruning: It is slow to start budding in the spring, so do not worry if the plant looks dead; it will grow as the season continues. Prune as needed to develop the desired shape.