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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DescriptionAruncus dioicus, commonly called goat's beard, is a native perennial that brings life to the shaded regions of your garden. The ethereal, feather-like flowers attract butterflies, bees, and birds, making it the perfect specimen in a pollinator garden. Goat's beard grows in large, bushy clumps that reach up to 6 feet in height, commanding attention in any space! When flowers aren't in bloom, the fern-like dark green leaves fill the landscape.
Outside of the garden, the blooms add an airy texture to floral arrangements. It is a dioecious plant, meaning it has distinct male and female plants. Male flowers tend to be more extravagant and are better suited as cut-flowers. Blooms may also be used for medicinal properties, including pain relief.DetailsBotanical name:Aruncus dioicus Common name: Goat's beard, goatsbeard, bride's feathers, buck's beard Zone: 4 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part-sun (4-6 hours sun), Height x width: 4-6' X 2-4' Flower color: Creamy white Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Late spring to early summer Bloom time:Summer Features:Wet soils, rare & unusual, privacy & screening, native, low flammability, heat tolerant, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Accent, background, border, moon garden, rain garden, pollinator garden, specimen, waterside, woodland How To GrowSoil: Best grown in moist, fertile, organically rich soils. Tolerant of both acid to alkaline soils. Light: Sun to part-sun. It prefers part shade in the warmer, southern part of its growing range. Water: Average to wet. Foliage decline can rapidly occur when soils dry out. Spacing: Plant 2-4 ft apart Fertilizing: Fertilizing is unnecessary, but you may apply a slow-release fertilizer in the early spring if plants are slow-growing or nutrient deficient. Winterizing: Stems of the plants should be cut back to ground level in the late fall. Maintenance & pruning: Removing faded flower stalks will not prolong bloom. If you require more plants, they can be divided once established to supply more plants in early spring or fall. The roots grow deep and woody, making division a problematic task. Pruning is not necessary, except to remove damaged or unattractive foliage.
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10 Native Plants (& Nativars) To Grow This Year
Support pollinators and local wildlife by growing natives. We offer over 200 plants native to North America, and we've compiled a list of our favorites that will happily call your garden home.