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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DescriptionThe foliage on rose of Sharon typically fades into the background as flowers bloom - but not on Paraplu Adorned™ rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). Intriguingly variegated foliage rivals the beauty of its flowers! Vibrant yellow leaves emerge in spring, and soon after, dark green splotches form in the centers. They'll slowly darken through the season, especially as new leaves cast shade on them. Enjoy the variegation alongside amethyst-purple flowers from midsummer into fall, attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies to the garden.
Beloved by gardeners and pollinators, rose of Sharon (althea or Hibiscus) transforms the garden into an oasis with its tropical-looking flowers. They bloom all summer long, even in colder zones, and are rarely disturbed by deer or disease. Plant these versatile shrubs as an exceptional specimen, flowering hedge, or long-blooming companion to your flower garden.DetailsBotanical name: Hibiscus syriacus 'Minpapan1' Patent #: PP#35300 Common name: Rose of Sharon, althea, hibiscus Zone: 5-8 Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) Height x width: 8-10' tall x 3-4' wide Flower color: Purple and red Foliage color: Variegated gold and green Season of Interest: Spring to fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Deer resistant, Proven Winners, heat tolerant Uses: Flower gardens, landscaping, specimen, flowering hedgeHow To GrowSoil: Plant in any well-drained spot. Can take some dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) is best. Water: Average Space: Min. 8' apart Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Winterizing: No special treatment is required; 2-3" of mulch is recommended. Maintenance & Pruning: Rose of Sharon does not need regular pruning, but may be pruned or trimmed in early spring if desired. NOTE: Rose of Sharon is late to leaf out in spring. That doesn't mean it's dead! Be patient.