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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DescriptionLittle Quick Fire® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) is a dwarf version of Quick Fire®, the earliest blooming panicle hydrangea. Planting this super easy carefree flowering shrub extends the flowering season by several weeks – it’s always in bloom by 4th of July for us here in Michigan! Creamy-white lacecap blooms cover the plant in early summer; they turn a deep red in later summer for an extremely long-lasting and colorful display. Little Quick Fire® hydrangea has distinctively handsome foliage and excellent fall color, two additional features that set it apart from other varieties. It has so many great qualities, it truly merits a spot in your garden.DetailsBotanical name:Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPLQF' Patent #: USPP 25,136 Common name: hydrangea, Peegee hydrangea, Hardy hydrangea Zone: 3-8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) in cool areas; part-sun (4-6 hours sun) in warm climates. Height x width: 3-5' tall and wide Flower color: White, turning red in autumn Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Proven winners, heat tolerant, fall color, container plants, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Flower gardens, landscaping, specimen, flowering hedge How To GrowSoil: Panicle hydrangeas require well-drained soil. Though they are the most sun and drought tolerant of all hydrangeas, for best performance, don't let them dry out excessively. A good layer of mulch is very helpful for minimizing drought stress and conserving moisture. Light: plants can take full sun (6+ hrs/day) in cooler areas, but afternoon shade is recommended in warm climates. If your plant frequently wilts in the afternoon even though it was recently watered, or your flowers turn brown quickly, that may indicate the spot is too sunny for it. Water: Average. Panicle hydrangeas do not tolerate overwatering or poor drainage. Space:3 - 5' Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Winterizing: Panicle hydrangeas are very hardy and easily withstand harsh winters, so need no special care. A good 2-3" layer of mulch helps protect the shallow roots. We recommend pruning in late winter/early spring (see below for more info) but plants can be pruned in late autumn, after they've gone completely dormant, if desired. Maintenance: Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood; that means they create their flower buds after leafing out in spring, so they can be pruned and will still bloom that season. While pruning is not strictly necessary, it does neaten the plant's appearance and can help develop strongest stems. Simply cut the main stems of the plant back by about one-third its total height in late winter or early spring, removing any thin or spindly or wayward branches as necessary.
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My little plant arrived in very good shape. It has started to grow a little since I planted it. Will love to see how it gets along for next year's season.
Small plant in excellent shape. Planted it within one week after arrival and it still looks great. No growth but it is green and appears to be doing well so far.
Tiny little shrub!
Plants arrived healthy and are doing well, but it’ll be five years before they look like the picture in the catalogue. I guess I didn’t realize what “one quart container” looked like. Quite expensive for what they are
I'm sorry to hear your disappointed in the size of your new plant. You'd be quite surprised to see just how quickly these plants grow! I've included a link to our size chart for reference. If you have any other questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out. We appreciate your feedback!