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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DescriptionDark red petals and chocolate-brown centers make 'Cherry Brandy' black-eyed Susan ( Rudbeckia hirta ) a decadent addition to the landscape. They bloom continuously from midsummer into fall, giving gardeners and pollinators plenty of time to enjoy the flowers. Cut the flowers to use in arrangements, or leave them standing for winter interest.
As a native perennial, Rudbeckia is easy to grow, heat tolerant, and drought tolerant. Flowers attract pollinators to the garden, and their seedheads are beloved by birds and other wildlife. It's perfectly suited for cottage gardens, cut flower gardens, prairies, or nearly any spot that needs an extra pop of color. Since it's deer and disease resistant, you can count on long-lasting blooms year after year.Details Botanical name: Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy' Common name: Black-eyed Susan Zone: 5-8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 22-26" X 40-44" Flower color: Deep red Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Late summer through fall Bloom time: Summer - fall Features: Rain gardens, rabbit resistant, native, low flammability, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, cold tolerant, best sellers, best for beginners Uses: Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Naturalizing, Specimen How To Grow Soil: Average, dry to medium, well-draining soil Light: Tolerates light shade, but best in full sun. Water: Water regularly until established. Once established, it does tolerate mild drought. Spacing: 1 - 2 ft. Fertilizing: Go easy on the fertilizer. Too much will result in weak stems and plants. A side dressing of compost should be all they'll need. Winterizing: You can let the last flowers of the season remain on the plants to go to seed and feed the birds. Maintenance & pruning: Deadhead to prolong bloom. Rudbeckias don't generally die out in the center and don't require frequent division.
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10 Native Plants (& Nativars) To Grow This Year
Support pollinators and local wildlife by growing natives. We offer over 200 plants native to North America, and we've compiled a list of our favorites that will happily call your garden home.