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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DescriptionFizzy Mizzy™ Sweetspire (Iteavirginica) is the perfect plant to add bright and cheery blooms to your garden, no matter its size! This flowerific shrub is compact and perfect for nearly any sized landscape, it's incredibly versatile. You have a lot to look forward to when you add Fizzy Mizzy™ to your landscape. From its bright white flower spikes to its sweet fragrance, both you and pollinators will be coming back for more! This sweetspire is incredibly shade tolerant, so if you have a shady spot that needs some attention, try planting Fizzy Mizzy™ there, but do note that best flowering happens in full sun.DetailsBotanical name:Iteavirginica'SMNIVMM' Patent #: PP 33,549 Common name: Sweetspire, Virginia sweetspire, Itea Zone: 5-9 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). Can take full shade, but flowering and fall color will be diminished. Height x width: 2-3′ tall and wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Early summer to autumn Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, ground cover. How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Established sweetspire can take some dryness. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part-sun (4-6 hrs/day). Can grow in full shade, but flowering will be diminished, and fall color will not be as vivid. Water: Average. Space: Plant at least 3′ apart. Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well. Winterizing: Nothing special required, aside from a good 2-3″ layer of mulch. Mulch is especially important in zones 5 and 6. Maintenance & Pruning: Blooms on old wood, so should only be pruned after bloom. Dead wood can be removed in spring, once new growth has begun to emerge and it’s clear where any dieback may have occurred.