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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DescriptionA dwarf-sized rose of Sharon with all the impact of conventional varieties, Lil' Kim® Red (Hibiscus syriacus) joins the Lil' Kim® series, adding a rich red punch to your garden. A perfect addition to containers and beloved by butterflies, this rosy-colored plant pairs well with other perennials in your sunny garden. This space-saving plant is incredibly versatile and deer-resistant, making it perfect for just about any landscape.DetailsBotanical name: Hibiscus syriacus'SHIMRR38' Lil' Kim® Red Patent: PP27,195 Common name: Rose of Sharon, althea, hibiscus Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Full Sun Height x width: 3 – 4’ tall and wide Flower color: Pink to Red Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Summer Uses: Flower gardens, Landscaping, Specimen, Flowering hedge. How To GrowSoil: Plant in any well-draining soil, high fertility is ideal. Light: Will perform best if planted in full sun. Water: Has average water needs, but will not tolerate sogginess. Space: 4-5 feet apart Fertilizing: Has rather high fertility needs. It is best to fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose or flowering shrub fertilizer. Winterizing: No special treatment is required. Maintenance: Rose of Sharon does not need regular pruning, but may be pruned or trimmed in early spring if desired. Note: rose of Sharon is late to leaf out in spring. That doesn't mean it's dead! Be patient.
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Came well packaged put in ground next day. The weather has been agreeable in the 80's. Already got a few flowers. For a dwarf variety I am very pleased.
Rose of Sharon
Still a live will see if the survive
So far, So good.
So far so good. I was pretty worried when I saw on tracking that the plant sat in a local UPS for a couple of days. When the plant did arrive it was in good condition and the soil was even moist. I let the plant sit in a shady place for 3 days and then planted it in its new home where so far so good. I do have to water it everyday as it is now getting quite a bit of sun. The plant is beautiful and has already rewarded me with many flowers. I could not find L’l Kim anywhere in California and had to go all the way to North Carolina to get it. I’m happy to have found Wayside Gardens to provide the plant I had my heart set on. Thank you.
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