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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DescriptionSome plants have alluring flowers, others have bright foliage, but 'Sandy Claws' barrenwort (Epimedium wushanense) has both! Long lance-shaped leaves emerge in early spring, boasting dark red hues and spiny margins. They serve as the perfect backdrop for cream-colored flowers that bloom in spring. As the flowers fade, the foliage mellows, turning to dark green by summer.
Don't let the name deter you! Barrenwort may sound unsightly, but it's beautiful and hard-working in the landscape. It's easy to grow in dry shade, slopes, and other troublesome sites. Plus, it's unbothered by deer, rabbits, and disease. While it's slow to grow, this perennial will prove that it's well worth the wait.DetailsBotanical name: Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws' Common name: Barrenwort, longspur epimedium, bishop's hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed Zone: 6 - 8 Sun exposure: shade (< 4 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 16″ tall x 24" wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Red and green Season of interest: Spring to fall Bloom time: Mid spring, late spring Features: Space savers, rare & unusual, rabbit resistant, heat tolerant, ground covers, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Container, rock garden, slopes, woodland garden, edging, cut flower, ground cover How To GrowSoil: Grow in moist well-drained soil. Tolerates drought once established. Light: Part sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) to shade (<4 hours sun) Water: Average. Space: 24-36″ apart. Fertilizing: Apply a garden fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: Trim off old foliage in late winter to make room for fresh leaves and promote an increase in flower production. Maintenance: Divide in early spring or late summer.
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