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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Lemony Lace® Elderberry
While not a fan of yellow plants, I wanted something to contrast against a curve of dark green arb hedge with color and form. It arrived a little limp (soil was damp and it was well protected from damage but apparently it's not a fan of traveling). While waiting a couple weeks to prep the planting area, it perked right up in the pot and was twice the size by the time it was planted. Mid-Aug heat hasn't bothered it a bit. Compared to the hedge, it's a tiny thing right now but the light green/chartreuse lacey form is already a standout. It's going to be beautiful once matured.
Just received 2 of these plants a few weeks ago. They arrived healthy looking and were packaged well. Planted them days later and are now taking hold. Realizing it may take a few years to reach their full growth, they have already grown a few inches and are looking great. Excited to see their growth and beauty as seasons pass.
Lemony Lace® Elderberry
I got the quart-size plant, and it arrived small but healthy-looking. It went into the ground here in Ohio on May 15 2021, in a mostly-sunny corner of the yard where we also have our beehives. It grew slowly but steadily, and now (August 28 2021) is a good 2 feet tall and doing very well. It has not flowered, but I didn't expect it to until the second year in the ground. All in all, a really pretty plant and a welcome addition to the garden.
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