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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DescriptionThe award-winning ‘Lucifer’ montbretia (Crocosmia) commands attention with fiery red blooms and vase-shaped form. Abundant tubular flowers set the mid-late summer garden ablaze in vivid color. Pollinators love this plant, especially hummingbirds and butterflies! When the flowers aren't in bloom, the dramatic upright leaves take center stage. Both flowers and foliage are like eye candy in cut arrangements.
This perennial effortlessly handles heat, humidity, and mild drought, making it reliable and easy to grow. Plus, it's resistant to deer and rabbits. It's an excellent choice for hot borders, near boulders, tucked between shrubs, or in containers. When happy, it multiplies very nicely, creating a substantial clump that can be shared with friends or spread around the garden.DetailsBotanical name:Crocosmia 'Lucifer''Lucerne' Common name: Montbretia Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3' x 1.5-2' Flower color: Red Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer Uses: Accent, Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Naturalizing, Ornamental, Specimen, WatersideHow To GrowSoil: Average to medium, well-draining soil. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Water: Water regularly until established. Spacing: 1 - 2 ft. Fertilizing: Fertilize in spring with a balanced fertilizer. Winterizing: Plants are not reliably hardy in Zone 5. Dig up corm plants in fall and store in a dry location (similar to handling gladiolus bulbs). Maintenance & pruning: Deadhead to prolong bloom. Divide when clumps become overcrowded.