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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DescriptionAs a more colorful and longer blooming Penstemon, 'Midnight Masquerade' Beardtongue is a must-have in the garden. When flowers bloom in the summer, hummingbirds and other pollinators can't stay away! Flower spikes covered in bright lavender-pink blooms shine above the dramatic, deep red foliage. Even without flowers, this perennial stands out all season with its colorful foliage.
'Midnight Masquerade' is tolerant of heat and drought and resistant to pests and disease, making it a breeze to grow, even for beginners! Try planting it in wildlife, pollinator, or cut flower gardens, and you won't be disappointed.DetailsBotanical name:Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade' Patent #: USPP 29,603 Common name: Beardtongue Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 36-40" X 28-32" Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Burgundy Purple Season of interest: Summer Bloom time: Early summer Features: Rain gardens, rabbit resistant, Proven Winners, native, deer resistant, drought tolerant, cold tolerant Uses: Wildlife gardens, native plant gardens, cottage gardening, foundation planting, massing, naturalizing, specimen
How To GrowSoil: Any average soil is suitable, provided it is well-drained. Light: Full sun (> 6 hours sun) for best flowering and foliage color. Water: Dry to medium. Water regularly until established. Plants have good drought tolerance. Spacing: 28 - 32 inches apart Fertilizing: Nothing special is required. If desired, apply a general-purpose garden fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: No special care is needed. Maintenance & pruning: Cut back plants almost to the ground in late winter to early spring as soon as new growth appears
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