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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Description'Liberty' hosta (Hosta hybrid) is the perfect way to add texture and interest to shady spots in your landscape! Its blue-green foliage is stunningly variegated with yellow margins that fade to white as the season progresses. Thick foliage provides improved resistance to slugs, combine that with the easy-care nature of hosta, and you've got yourself a virtually worry-free plant! In summer, its showy clump of foliage is topped with frosty purple blooms, loved by hummingbirds. Hosta looks perfect lining pathways and edging gardens, or try mixing it with some of your other shade loving favorites as a stunning foliage addition you'll love year after year.DetailsBotanical name: Hosta x 'Liberty' Patent #:USPP 12,531 Common name: Hosta Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Shade (<4 hours sun), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 1-3 feet x 1-3 feet Flower color: Lavender Foliage color: Green with creamy yellow-white margins Season of Interest: Summer Uses: Accent, Border, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen, WoodlandHow To GrowSoil: Performs well in average to fertile soil. Light: Thrives in part to full shade. Water: Has average water needs, and once established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves). In general thou gh, soils should never be allowed to dry out. Spacing: 3 feet apart Fertilizing: In spring a light fertilizer can be applied around the emerging plant, but not touching it. Winterizing: Foliage should be left standing in fall, this will help protect the crown. If desired a layer of mulch can be applied in a 2" layer very near the base. Maintenance & pruning: Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
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