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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DescriptionWhen it comes to low maintenance and season-long interest Little Dipper® cotoneaster has got you covered. It grows low to the ground in a thick, weed-suppressing mat and provides much better texture than mulch ever could, but with the same benefits! Much like mulch, it’s not picky about where its placed, as it adjusts well to all types of soil, pH, and fertility levels. In terms of beauty, it produces a shower of small, five-petaled spring flowers that are followed by dark red berries in fall. Its flowers are produced on old wood and it doesn’t require shaping, so pruning is rarely necessary. If you’ve been looking for a handsome, hard-working ground cover, your search is over!DetailsBotanical name: Cotoneaster Little Dipper® Common name: Cotoneaster Patient: PP22,760 Zone: 5 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun(4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 6-8" X 3-4' Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring Uses: Deer resistant, salt tolerant, winter interest, fall interest How To GrowSoil: Will grow in most well-drained soils. Light: Performs best in full sun, but can handle a little shade with the potential sacrifice of flowers and fruit. Water: Keep soil moist but not soggy as plants establish. Once established it tolerates dry conditions. Spacing: 5 feet apart Fertilizing: Feeding isn't necessary, but if desired apply a light application of rose or all-purpose garden fertilizer in spring. Winterizing: In the northern part of its range, apply a 2-3" layer of mulch around the base. Maintenance & pruning: Pruning is not necessary. Plants bloom on old wood and berries result from that bloom. So any pruning can be done in early spring, to help shape the plant if needed.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.