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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DescriptionSpace-saving and unique rippled foliage, 'Curly Fries' hosta (Hosta hybrid) adds instant texture and charm to your shade garden! Chartreuse foliage brightens up your shady spots and looks great paired on its own or with other hostas. This eye-catching plant is perfect for containers or just about anywhere in need of some funky foliage.
This easy-care hosta is perfect for beginners and experts! Just make sure it gets some morning sun so it can develop its most vivid color.DetailsBotanical name:Hosta 'Curly Fries' Common name: Hosta Zone: 3-9 Sun exposure: Shade (<4 hours sun), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-6" X 16" Flower color: Lavender Foliage color: Blue Season of Interest: Summer Bloom time: Midsummer Features: Space savers, rain gardens, heat tolerant, cold tolerant Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, woodlandHow To GrowSoil: Evenly moist, well-drained soils, rich in organic matter, are best. Light: Part-sun to full shade. Best in part shade (some morning sun, or sun dappled conditions). 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: 0.75 to 1.00 feet 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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