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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Description'Pixie Fountain' Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) is a hardy ornamental grass that adds year-round texture to the landscape! Dark green grass blades fold and arch to form a lovely habit. In the summer, tall spikes of gold, silver, and purple-hued flowers rise above the foliage. As they age, they maintain an attractive tan color through the winter.
Worry less knowing this plant will thrive in nearly any condition and requires little maintenance. It looks especially delightful when planted in large groups.DetailsBotanical name:Deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountain' Common name: Tufted hair grass Zone: 2 - 7 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 1-2' tall and wide Flower color: Tan Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time: Midsummer, late summer Features: Suitable for slopes, space savers, rare & unusual, heat tolerant, deer resistant, container plants Uses: Background, border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, naturalizing, erosion controlHow To GrowSoil: 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, it's drought tolerant. Spacing: 1-2 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: Prune to the ground in late winter before new growth has emerged.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.