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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DescriptionWhile its rounded blue foliage may have you thinking of the sky, ironically, we would describe Shadowland® 'Above the Clouds' Hosta as grounded. It's a reliable perennial that easily grows in difficult sites, like urban areas or shaded corners. The blue leaves are resistant to garden pests, like slugs, thanks to their glaucous and puckered surface. Soft lavender flowers float above the foliage midsummer. It's a delight when paired with warm-hued foliage plants like coral bells, ferns, or Japanese forest grass.
Do we need to describe hostas? Their reputation proceeds them. They look regal in shade gardens with broad foliage that chokes out weeds, fills spaces, and creates a lush appearance. The hostas in the Shadowland® collection from Proven Winners are vigorous growers and are more resistant to garden pests like slugs. They're easy to grow, even in city environments, making them the perfect perennial for gardeners of any level.DetailsBotanical name:Hosta ‘Above the Clouds' Patent #: PP34341 Common name: Hosta, Funkia, Plantain lily Zone: 3-9 Sun exposure: Shade (<4 hours sun), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 25" x 54-60" Flower color: Light purple Foliage color: Blue Season of Interest: Summer Bloom time: Midsummer Features: Rain gardens, proven winners, heat tolerant, container plants, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Accent, border, container gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, woodland How To GrowSoil: Evenly moist, well-drained soils, rich in organic matter, are best. Light: Part-sun to full shade. Best in part shade (some morning sun, or sun dappled conditions). Water: Average. Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Spacing: 30 - 32" Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring. Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. A 2" mulch after the ground freezes will help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns. Maintenance & Pruning: Hostas with thick leaves like this one are typically less appealing to slugs than other types. However, if slugs are particularly active in your garden, use slug bait, dishes of beer, or diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
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Hostas are known for commanding attention in the shade garden. Learn how to grow hostas, transplanting hostas, when they bloom, why your hosta is turning brown, and more to grow them like a pro.