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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I'm a beginner gardener and have several plants from Great Garden Plants in my balcony "garden". I've been pleased with all of them, but this dianthus has been amazing. I'm in Philadelphia, and there were flowers on it until DECEMBER! (Ordered and planted in spring 2022 btw, writing review in Jan 2023.) My favorite plant out of all of them!
Not in long enough to flower, but the plants are doing fine.
Have not grown to expected height and have had very few flowers
Hello! We're sorry to hear that you're disappointed in your dianthus. So many factors such as weather, soil type, watering, and fertilizing all come into play when it comes to plant growth. Perhaps you're familiar with the old saying about plants: first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. Hope this helps! Keep tending to your new plants and you will see growth in time. Happy Gardening!
Plants arrived perfectly protected. Only problem - it seemed that either something in the dirt or the fertilizer was attractive to chipmunks or squirrels because they kept digging down to feed on whatever it was, which was obviously stressing the plants. Tried 3 different animal repellents that didn't work, then burying mothballs (which the pests dug out and shoved aside). Finally sifted a pretty heavy dose of cayenne pepper around the plants which are finally (nearly a month in) beginning to thrive. Now have every confidence they will be a success.
This was my first time ordering plants online and I will certainly do it again! The plants were packaged perfectly so there was no damage to them when they arrived. Most importantly, despite my not having a green thumb, they are looking amazing. They truly are “Great Garden Plants”!
We're thrilled to hear you're loving your new plants, Mary! We're sure your garden will be looking great this year and beyond. Let us know if you ever have any questions, we're happy to help. Happy gardening!
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