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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DescriptionUnique for its white flowers with bold pink centers, ‘Opening Act Pink-a-Dot’ tall phlox is a sassy note for cottage or cut flower gardens. In early summer, you can count on a cloud of blooms, which appears pink from afar. If you sheer back spent flowers after the first bloom, you can expect more of a show in fall! Its foliage remains handsome throughout the season, due to better mildew resistance and heat tolerance than other varieties. Even the foliage will look nice accompanying the flowers in your floral arrangements!DetailsBotanical name: Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-A-Dot' Patent #: USPP 31,732 Common name: Hybrid garden phlox Zone: 4 - 8 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 22-26" X 30-36" Flower color: White with pink star centers Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer to fall Uses: Background, border, cottage gardening, massing, flower garden, specimen, wildflower, pollinator garden, cut flower gardenHow To GrowSoil: Performs best in well-drained soil. Light: Phlox grows best in full sun. Water: Has average water needs. Spacing: 1.5 to 2 feet apart Fertilizing: If desired, apply a minimal amount of all-purpose garden fertilizer around the base of the plant in spring. Winterizing: Cut foliage in late fall to prevent powdery mildew and other fungal diseases from returning in spring. Maintenance & pruning: Thin or prune by half in spring and prune spent flowers off after bloom, just above the foliage to encourage more blooms.