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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DescriptionPerfect for mass planting, Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis) is a stunning option for those looking to depart from traditional flowering plants. Boasting long arching foliage and tufts of pink/brown fuzzy plumes in summer, this grass adds graceful texture and dimension to any sunny landscape. For those looking to support their local wildlife, birds love to feast on its seeds, but it is typically left alone by deer.
Great for beginners and gardeners seeking to add more native plants to their landscape, prairie dropseed pairs well with a variety of other native plants, making it even easier to incorporate into your garden. Try planting it with coneflowers, milkweed, or black-eyed Susan for a colorful and dimensional display that both you and wildlife will love.DetailsBotanical name: Sporobolus heterolepsis Common name: Prairie Dropseed Zone: 3 - 8 Sun exposure: Full sun (6 +hours sun) Height x width: 2-3 tall x wide Flower color: Pink, Brown Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Early-late summer Bloom time: Midsummer, early fall Features: Native, heat tolerant, ground covers, dry soils, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, cold tolerant, rain garden Uses: Mixed borders, rain garden, mass planting. How To GrowSoil: Average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Light: Does well in full sun. Water: Dry to medium — Water regularly until established. Spacing: 2-3' Fertilizing: Spring application of a timed release, or organic fertilizer Winterizing: No special care needed. Can cut back or leave foliage standing for winter interest. Maintenance & pruning: Cut back in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.
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Grasses for Winter Interest
Adding ornamental grass is one surefire way to bring beauty to the bleakness! Here are a few options that each have a unique pop to add to that garden you’re gazing out at during those especially chilly days.