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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DescriptionFor a small plant with a big pop of color, plant Mini Gallery™ Blue Bicolor Lupine (or Lupinus polyphyllus). Blue and white sweet pea-shaped blooms are packed into spires of flowers that attract pollinators in troves. With plenty of nectar to enjoy, butterflies and bees take their sweet time visiting the flowers, and gardeners should too. After the pollinators have their share, cut the flowers to enjoy in whimsical bouquets.
While lupines are typically enjoyed in large mass plantings, the Mini Gallery™ lupines can easily nestle into small spaces. The series was bred in France to be compact, yet even more floriferous than other cultivars. Their vibrant colors, dense spikes of flowers, and sturdy stems make them well-suited for cut flower arrangements. Use them to extend the lupine season by pairing this early-blooming series with other late-blooming cultivars. Though short-lived, these perennials always make a memorable display you'll look forward to every summer.DetailsBotanical name:Lupine polyphyllus Mini Gallery™ Blue Bicolor Common name: Lupines, Lupins, bluebonnet Zone: 4-8 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours) to part sun (4-6 hours) Height x width: 14-16" tall x 7-9" wide Flower color: Blue-purple and white Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Late spring-early summer Bloom time: Early summer Features: Cold tolerant, native Uses: Background, border, cottage gardening, massing, specimen, wildflower, cut flowerHow To GrowSoil: Prefers well-drained, moist soil. Light: Full sun. Lupines appreciate afternoon light shade in warm southern zones. Provide good air circulation. Water: Keep adequately moist. Spacing: 10-12 inches Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: Can be grown as an annual in warmer zones. Maintenance & Pruning: Cut flowers back to foliage growth when blooming is completed. Mulch to keep roots as cool as possible.
Life In The Garden
Pollinator-Friendly Perennials to Keep Your Garden Buzzing
Pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystems, gardens, and especially our food chain. Flowers produce pollen as a means of reproduction. While there are so many pollinator-friendly plants to choose from, here are seven of our favorites. You’ll love them, and the pollinators will too.