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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DescriptionSome classics stand the test of time, like English thyme (Thymus vulgaris) for instance. This tough, low-growing herb can easily be used in ornamental applications to provide the lush, nicely scented greenness we've come to depend on. Growing thyme between pavers, as edging, or in pots will give you access to its many fine traits. In areas with traffic, just a light brush by it is enough to release its scent into the air and remind you to trim a bit to use in your next savory meal. It's also highly attractive to bees and butterflies in the spring when its show of light pink flowers arrive in multitudes, bearing plenty of nectar for those hungry pollinators.DetailsBotanical name: Thymus vulgaris Common name: English thyme Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hrs/day) Height x width: 6-12" X 6-12" Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Early summer Uses: Alpine & rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, edible, pollinator garden. How To GrowSoil: Grows easily in average soils, but prefers sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Will tolerate and perform well in poor soils. Light: Performs best in full sun. Water: Prefers dry conditions and will not tolerate overly moist or soggy conditions. Likely to develop root rot if overwatered in soil that has poor drainage. Spacing: 6-12" apart Fertilizing: Does not require fertilizer. Winterizing: If planted in its coldest zone (5) it benefits from original garden placement in an area protected from strong, freezing winds in winter. If already planted in a cold corridor, cover with mulch. Maintenance & Pruning: If it starts to get woody and leggy, sheer back to last layer of healthy green and it will bulk up. In spring all old foliage can be trimmed off.
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