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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DescriptionThe versatility of Bunny Blue® 'Hobb' sedge (Carex laxiculmis) makes it a fantastic border, hedge, or ground cover in nearly any shade garden! Its dense, metallic-blue foliage and low-growing habit make an effective ground cover in compact spaces or between other plants. Have a deer problem? This native cultivar is seldom bothered by deer and makes an excellent garden alternative to hosta plants. Add this wonderful sedge to rain gardens, woodlands, or generally moist soil environments and watch it thrive.DetailsBotanical name:Carex laxiculmis 'Bunny Blue® 'Hobb' Common name: Bunny Blue® sedge, 'Hobb' sedge Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Part-sun/shade (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Height x width: 10-12" tall x 12-15" wide at maturity.
Foliage color: Metallic-blue Season of interest: Year-round Features: Wet soils, evergreen, suitable for slopes, space savers, rain gardens, heat tolerant, ground covers, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Accent, container, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, rain garden, slopes, small spaces, under planting, waterside, woodlandHow To GrowSoil: Plants thrive in wet soil but also tolerates average soil. Light: Grows best in shade, but can withstand some part-sun. Water: Likes rich, moist soil so water frequently to ensure soil never goes dry. Spacing: Plant about 1ft apart. Fertilizing: Generally, not required. In poor soils, a light application of slow-release fertilizer can be applied. Winterizing: No care is needed. This sedge is evergreen, maintaining good foliage in both summer and winter. Maintenance & pruning: Trim foliage to the ground in early spring.
Your Questions About Building a Rain Garden, Answered
Rain gardens have taken the horticultural industry by storm, no pun intended. Here, Great Garden Plants answers all your questions about designing, planting, and caring for rain gardens.