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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DescriptionSugartina® 'Crystalina' summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is a fantastic native shrub that gives you fragrance, fall color, and more. Glossy, dark green foliage turns brilliant yellow in fall. In mid-summer, white flower spikes cover the shrub. Some people say they smell like vanilla; others say root beer. Either way, it's deliciously intoxicating in the warm summer air. Don't be surprised if you see pollinators buzzing around the flowers.
Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs selected Sugartina® 'Crystalina' summersweet for its landscape-friendly dwarf habit. It grows just 2.5-3' tall and 3-4' wide, compared to the 6’+ that other summersweet varieties reach. There are two more qualities you'll love: it's very deer resistant and grows well in wet or poorly drained soils. It's one of the best flowering shrubs for shade, making it versatile for landscaping, wildlife gardens, flower gardens, and pollinator gardens.DetailsBotanical name:Clethra alnifolia 'Crystalina' Patent: USPP 21,561 Common name: Summersweet, Clethra Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2.5-3' tall and
3-4' wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Glossy green Season of interest: Summer-fall Bloom time: Summer Features: Wet soils, space savers, proven winners, native, low flammability, heat tolerant, fragrant, fall color, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Specimen, flower gardens, backdrop, landscaping, pollinator gardens, wildlife gardens, native plant gardens How To GrowSoil: Though it can tolerate some dryness once established, summersweet does best in moist, even wet soils. Where it grows wild, it is often found alongside rivers and streams. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (<4 hours direct sun/day). Water: Moderate to wet. Space: Min. 3' apart Fertilizing: Little fertilizer is needed. Winterizing: No special treatment is required. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended. Maintenance: No special care is required. Trim as needed in early spring.
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6 Fragrant Flowers for Spring
Lots of the most beloved fragrant plants bloom in spring and early summer; they’re the perfect way to welcome back the growing season and the return of spending time outdoors. We’re sharing some of our all-time favorite fragrant plants in spring here. Plant them and create your own fragrant memories this season.
My plants shipped quickly and arrived fast and healthy.I let them set on my deck in the shade for two days and then planted them in the prepared soil.They are doing great and have new growth!
Sugartina® 'Crystalina' Summersweet
I ordered two. Both arrived in good health and are thriving even though I still haven't planted them yet due to the heat. I have the pots in a shady spot, getting near daily water until I can plant. In the meantime, both have put on new growth.
Cathy P. (Florida)
One died and the other is on
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