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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DescriptionHere's a plant that deserves to be better known and more widely grown: Ruby Anniversary® Abelia (Abelia chinensis) from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs. What's so great about it? For one, it's powerfully fragrant, releasing a sweet perfume that carries on the warm summer breezes. The white, bell-shaped flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and the late summer-early autumn bloom time provides an abundant food source at this crucial point in the season. When they fall, they leave behind a brilliant ruby-pink bract for an extra boost of color! Like other abelias, it grows and blooms well even in the shade, tolerates dry soil, and is unbothered by deer and rabbits. Unlike other summer-blooming abelias, however, Ruby Anniversary is hardy to USDA zone 5, a significant expansion of the areas where this useful flowering shrub can grow.DetailsBotanical name: Abelia chinensis 'Keiser' Patent: USPP 21,632 Common name: Abelia Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-6' tall and wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer through fall Uses: Specimen, hedge, landscaping, foundation planting How To GrowSoil: Any average soil will do; avoid extreme wet or dry conditions. Light: Full sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Water: Moderate moisture; tolerates dry conditions once established, but flowering is best when not stressed Space: 5' apart Fertilizing: Seldom needed; apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring if desired Winterizing: A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended. In colder areas, site away from strong winds. Maintenance: Ruby Anniversary abelia blooms on new wood, so can be pruned in spring if desired. However, it naturally takes on a graceful, fountain-like habit that does not require regular pruning.
I received exactly what I ordered with plenty of instructions for successful planting. The plant came in a box that kept it protected furing shipping. I planted it right away. I kept the soil moist and sometimes Mother Nature gave it a deluge of water. It has been approximately 1 month since I planted it. It is blooming already this first year. Being a small (1quart sized ordered) I thought it wouldn’t establish and bloom until next year. But it is blooming and has a lot of new growth. I am a happy customer!