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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DescriptionThe Scout Maiden Grass is perfect for adding movement and structure to any garden. Upright in form, this grass makes a stand in the landscape with slender blades containing a white midrib that take on spectacular fall color and reach up to 6 feet by the end of summer. Plumes emerge in the fall in colors of fluffy pink to beige. Scout is a non-invasive and infertile variety from the University of Georgia.
Maiden grass (Miscanthus) ornamental grass has a graceful, vase-like shape that fills the garden with a soft, airy texture. Maiden Grass looks good even when it's not in bloom, but when it does, the foliage is topped by silvery seed heads. The plants can grow large, so make sure you have enough room for this perennial to thrive.DetailsBotanical name:Miscanthus sinensis 'Scout' Common name: 'Scout' Maiden Grass Patent: PP30402 Zone: 5 - 10 Sun exposure: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Soil type: Clay to average Soil moisture: Moist Height x width: 5-6’x 2-3’ Foliage color: Green Features: Wet soils, space savers, rain gardens, heat tolerant, ground covers, evergreens, deer resistant, container plants Uses: Accent, container, edging, ground cover, massing, rain garden, slopes, small spaces, watersideHow To GrowSoil: Plants thrive in wet soil but also tolerates average soil. Light: Grows best in part-sun, but can withstand sun or shade. Water: Likes even moisture, so water regularly. Spacing: 30 in. apart Fertilizing: Generally, not required. In poor soils, a light application of slow-release fertilizer can be applied. Winterizing: No care is needed. This sedge is evergreen in the deep South, maintaining good foliage in both summer and winter. Maintenance & pruning: Trim foliage to the ground in early spring in areas where it does not grow as an evergreen.
Your Questions About Building a Rain Garden, Answered
Rain gardens have taken the horticultural industry by storm, no pun intended. Here, Great Garden Plants answers all your questions about designing, planting, and caring for rain gardens.