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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I just planted two, but I'm optimistic that they'll flourish. I have multiple Pagoda Dogwoods around. The birds love the seeds and nearly always beat me to collecting for planting.
I have ordered several plants online and this was by far, the worst. It came with no leaves and just a 4” tall stem.
Plant died within days, and I'm a pretty experienced gardener.
Hello Lisa! I'm sorry to hear your new plant didn't survive. We offer a 30 day guarantee and are happy to replace or refund all plants that don't survive their first 30 days in your garden. You can start a claim by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The folks at Great Garden Plants get points for being very cooperative and helpful, as this dogwood ended up being backordered -- so they sent the rest of the order and did not charge separate shipping when the dogwood was ready to ship. It arrived in apparently good condition -- but very small; just two or three inches tall with a few leaves. It seemed fine at first, but has now dropped its leaves. Not sure what happened. I have it in netting to protect it from cicadas and deer. Continuing to care for it in hopes it will come back. (The rest of the order turned out better, though. So maybe this one is just bad luck.)