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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DescriptionClassic evergreen holly with handsome dark green foliage. Useful low-rounded shape is super easy to include in gardens and landscapes. Female variety – will develop berries if pollinator Castle Wall is planted nearby. Very nice as a low hedge, specimen, or container plant.DetailsBotanical name:Ilex x meserveae 'SMNIFA' Patent: USPP 31,118 Common name: Blue holly Zone: 5 - 7 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Soil type: Moist, well-drained soil. Soil moisture: Average. Leaves can brown if it becomes too dry too often. Height x width: 3-5' tall x 3-4' wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time: Spring Features: Winter interest, space savers, rabbit resistant, proven winners, evergreen Uses: Border plant, container, mass planting, specimen or focal point How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Dry soil in fall and winter (before the ground freezes) will increase the chance of winter burn. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Water: Average - do not overwater, as holly can readily suffer root rot. Space: 4-5' apart. If you are planting a male so that fruit will develop, plant it anywhere within 50' of this female variety. One male will pollinate up to 5 females. Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well. Winterizing: 2-3" of shredded bark mulch is important to protect the shallow roots and minimize water loss. Do not allow plants to enter winter "thirsty" – dry soil during cold, windy weather is the main cause of leaf browning or even the plant dying. Maintenance: None required. Note that if you do trim, you are likely to remove flower and berry potential.