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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DescriptionWhile most ornamental grasses shine in summer, we think 'Oktoberfest' maiden grass (or Miscanthus ) is best enjoyed in... September. Thought we'd say October? Like the festival, this perennial is ahead of its time, developing burgundy-red foliage before autumn even starts. Fall colors and showy plumes of flowers come earlier than other varieties but continue to add interest well into winter. It's one of the largest grasses we carry - reaching up to seven feet tall at maturity, making it an ideal candidate for privacy screening or tall borders. However, it's quite versatile and can also be at home in large containers or alongside a pond's edge. Details Botanical name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Oktoberfest' Common name: maiden grass Patent: PP27074 Zone: 5 - 10 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 6-7' X 3-4' Flower color: Bronze Foliage color: Burgundy-red Season of interest: Late summer through Fall Bloom time: Late summer Features: Winter interest, rain gardens, rabbit resistant, privacy & screening, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Accent, background, border, foundation planting, massing, Ornamental, privacy, screen, specimen, waterside How To Grow Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-draining soil. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). They tend to flop when grown in too much shade. Water: Average. Prefers moist soils, but once established, its drought tolerant. Spacing: 4 - 6 ft. Fertilizing: Too much fertilizer can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer, if needed, is in the spring as growth is resuming. Winterizing: Leave foliage standing throughout winter for visual interest. Substantial clumps tend to flop (or collapse when subjected to heavy winter snows) and often benefit from some support. Maintenance & pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter before new shoots appear.
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Grasses for Winter Interest
Adding ornamental grass is one surefire way to bring beauty to the bleakness! Here are a few options that each have a unique pop to add to that garden you’re gazing out at during those especially chilly days.