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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DescriptionShort in stature yet loaded with charm, 'Eco Artist Palette' Birdfoot violet (or Viola pedata ) is a cheerful addition to sunny gardens. Bi-color flowers blanket the plant in early to mid-spring with dark purple and lilac blue hues. Once established, it will sporadically rebloom until fall frost, even in poor soils and dry sites. This eclectic perennial is easy to grow, forming a dense clump of dissected foliage that keeps its tidy appearance from spring to fall.
While Birdfoot violets may be related to the classic perennial violet (like 'Etain'), their growing requirements are quite different. Birdfoot violet requires well-draining soil and full sun for the best performance, which means it's perfectly suited for sunny rock gardens alongside stonecrop, salvia, or fescue grasses. As a native perennial, it's drought-tolerant, deer resistant, pollinator-friendly, and easy to grow, so we recommend it for gardeners of any level. DetailsBotanical name: Viola pedata 'Eco Artist Palette' Common name: Birdfoot viola, mountain pansy, perennial violet, bird's foot violet Zone: 4 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours direct sunlight each day) Height x width: 4-6" x 12-14" Flower color: Shades of purple Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring to fall Bloom time: Spring, then sporadically until fall Features: Low flammability, fragrant, container plants, native, deer resistant, dry soils Uses: Accent, alpine and rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, massing, naturalizing, rock garden, small spaces, underplanting, wildflower, woodlandHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in well-draining soil. Light: Unlike other violets, Birdfoot violet requires full sun, or 6+ hours direct sunlight each day. Water: While it grows well in dry soils, it's best to keep it well-watered until established. Spacing: 6 - 10 inches Fertilizing: The application of a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in spring should provide adequate feeding for the growing season. Winterizing: Violas benefit from extra mulch in the winter, which should be raked back in the spring. Maintenance & pruning: Remove frost-damaged flowers and old, faded flowers to reduce the chances of fungal blight diseases. Reblooms consistently if sheared back by half when blooming begins to decline.
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The birdfoots looked sad when they arrived, but perked up as soon as I planted them. They survived an unexpected late frost followed by torrential rain. I'd buy more right now but they're out of stock at the moment.
The plant has arrived very fast and extremely healthy. I can't wait for them to bloom!
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