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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DescriptionEastern Star Dianthus is more than a typical evergreen ground cover. The prolific cherry-red blooms, spicy fragrance, and cool foliage give this small perennial a large presence. Although stems are short, there is no compromise on fragrance. Indulge yourself with aromatic bouquets nestled around your home.
This sun-loving perennial forms a lush ground cover with blue-green leaves. It doesn't mind a little heat and is relatively drought tolerant. Try planting it with low-growing sedums for a quirky combination!DetailsBotanical name:Dianthus 'Eastern Star' Patent #: USPP 14,437 Common name: Cheddar pinks Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 6-8" X 12" Flower color: Cherry red Foliage color: Blue-green Season of interest: Late spring-early summer Uses: Containers, cottage gardening, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, rock garden, slopes, small spacesHow To GrowSoil: Dianthus aren't particularly fussy about soil, though they do require good drainage. Light: Full sun is preferred (> 6 hours sun). It can grow in part shade, though the blooms will not be as prolific. Water: Average water needs. Drought tolerant once established but should be watered regularly during periods of hot, dry weather. Spacing: 12 inches Fertilizing: Nothing special required; one application of garden fertilizer in early spring is sufficient. Winterizing: Remove all the dead and fallen plant matter to prevent the risk of rot or damage. Evergreen perennial may look a bit rough coming out of harsh winters but will recover as spring begins. Maintenance & pruning: Little to no pruning or maintenance needed. Though deadheading is not required, it will encourage additional flower production. Cut blooms as desired to use in arrangements.