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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DescriptionBetween their fantastic fragrance, gorgeous flowers, and handsome evergreen foliage, there’s a lot to love about gardenias. And Pillow Talk gardenia from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs brings a whole new shape and size to this classic flowering shrub with a neat cushion-like habit that reaches just 2.5-3.5’ tall by 3-4’ wide. When it blooms in spring and early summer, it’s positively smothered in extra-large classic blooms with the purest, loveliest fragrance.
Gardenias bring timeless beauty to any place they are planted, from a row lining a sidewalk or the edge of a landscape bed to containers and flower gardens. They are unbelievably versatile, able to thrive in full to part sun and shade. For those that wish to enjoy their beauty and fragrance up close, the flowers can be cut, however, they have very short stems so are best floated in a bowl or used short-term in corsages or tucked into the hair for a special night out.
DetailsBotanical name: ×Gardenia jasminoides × ‘SMNGDUO' Patent #: PPAF Common name: Gardenia, cape jasmine (though it is not related to true jasmine) Zone: 7-9; down to 6b with protection Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), part sun (4-6 hrs sun) Height x width: 2.5-3.5’ x 3-4' Flower color: White Foliage color: Bright green, evergreen Bloom season: Spring-early summer Bloom time: Spring Features: Rare & unusual, Proven Winners, heat tolerant, deer resistant, new, fragrant Uses: Foundation planting, hedge, ornamental, flower gardens, specimen How To GrowSoil: Moist, acidic soils are imperative. Gardenias do not tolerate dry conditions, nor do they tolerate very wet soils. If the soil pH level is not sufficiently acidic, foliage will be yellow and sickly. This can be managed with regular fertilizing, however, for best results, plant in soil that is sufficiently acidic. Light: Can grow in full to part sun; the hotter your climate, the more shade it can take. Water: Average to high water needs. Plants that are drought stressed will be more susceptible to pests and diseases, so proper care goes a long way. Space: Min. 4’ Fertilizing: Fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. If your soil is not acidic, more frequent fertilization may be necessary. Winterizing: No special treatment is required in warmer areas; 2-3" of mulch is recommended in cooler climates.. Maintenance & Pruning: Little to no pruning required. If you wish to prune, do so after it blooms in spring. It blooms on old wood.
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6 Fragrant Flowers for Spring
Lots of the most beloved fragrant plants bloom in spring and early summer; they’re the perfect way to welcome back the growing season and the return of spending time outdoors. We’re sharing some of our all-time favorite fragrant plants in spring here. Plant them and create your own fragrant memories this season!