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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DescriptionPlenty of flowering shrubs are drop-dead gorgeous when they bloom, but there’s only one that earns the name “beautybush”, and that’s Kolkwitzia amabilis. This old-fashioned favorite gets a refresh for the 21st Century in Jolene Jolene™ beautybush – it’s the first-ever compact selection, reaching less than half the size of the nearly epic proportions of the original. It doesn’t skimp on flower power, though, and is positively covered with trumpet-shaped pink flowers, each bearing speckled yellow throats. And despite its legendary good looks, it’s just as reliable and durable as the older varieties, unbothered by drought, deer, and other pests. It’s a great choice for any landscape or garden idea in sun or part shade.
DetailsBotanical name:Kolkwitziaamabilis'SMNKADTF' Patent #: USPPAF Common name: Beautybush Zone: 4-8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), Part sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) Height x width: 3-6' x 4-6' Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Late spring Uses: Accent, Border, Container gardening, Edging, Foundation planting, Low hedge. How To GrowSoil: Well-drained soil.Tolerates some drought once established. Light: Full to part sun. Can be grown in shade, but flowering will be severely limited with less than four hours of good light each day. Water: Average water needs; drought tolerant once established. Spacing: 4-6′ Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize monthly from early spring through late-July with a rose fertilizer. Winterizing: A 2-3” layer of shredded bark mulch is a good idea. Maintenance & Pruning: With its naturally elegant and compact habit, Jolene Jolene beautybush should need little to no pruning. If you wish to prune it, know that it blooms on old wood, so it should be pruned immediately after it flowers in late spring/early summer.