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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DescriptionDouble Play® Pink spirea's (Spiraea sp.) new foliage emerges red and matures to rich green adding stunning interest to your landscape even before the summer flowers bloom. Powerfully dark pink flowers cover the plant, attracting pollinators. Excellent dense habit for any landscape application, its rounded habit remains neat all season long without pruning. This easy-care plant makes the perfect long-blooming hedge or backdrop in your perennial garden.DetailsBotanical name: Spiraea japonica 'SMNSJMFP' Patent #: USPP 26,995 Common name: Spirea Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Full (6+ hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2-3' tall and wide Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Blue-green, with colorful bright red new growth Season of Interest: Spring-Summer Uses: Specimen, hedge, perennial gardens, landscaping How To GrowSoil: Not finicky about soil, as long as it is well drained. Tolerates dry conditions once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part-sun (4-6 hrs of sun/day). Water: Average. Space: 2-3' apart. Fertilizing: Little needed. Apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended; nothing else is needed. Maintenance & Pruning: Double Play spirea naturally grow with a neat, tidy habit and need little pruning. If desired, trim or prune after spring bloom; this will encourage a second flush of colorful new growth as well as remove the first round of spent flowers for a neater look.