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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DescriptionGalium odoratum, or sweet woodruff, is not a shy garden addition! This ground cover is vigorous, weaving through your garden and suppressing weeds. Delicate white flowers rise above the lush foliage in late spring and summer. It's excellent for spots where other shade ground covers fail. Plant it on steep, shaded banks for erosion control, beneath trees, or around rocks.
Aromatic evergreen or semi-evergreen leaves emit a sweet fragrance when crushed. Try drying the leaves and use them in homemade sachets or potpourris! Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover:
6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet
8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet
10" spacing covers 11 sq feet
12" spacing covers 16 sq feet
DetailsBotanical name:Galium odoratum Common name: Sweet woodruff, sweet-scented bedstraw, sweet bedstraw Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Height x width: 8-10" X 12-18" Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring Bloom time: Spring Features: Wet soils, suitable for slopes, rabbit resistant, ground covers, fragrant, deer resistant, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Alpine gardens, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, rain garden, rock garden, slopes, underplanting, waterside, woodland How To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Water: Medium to wet Spacing: 10 to 18 inches Fertilizing: Generally unnecessary in average soils. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Maintenance & pruning: Spreads by creeping roots and self-seeding to form an attractive ground cover in moist, shady areas. To maintain control, plants can be mowed with a rotary mower on a high setting or easily pulled. Dig and move clumps in early spring when new growth appears if desired.
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Ground Covers For Suppressing Weeds
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When my plants arrived they were all very healthy. They’ve been in the ground for a while now, and all of them are thriving!
Sweet woodruff is doing well
M.B.D.C. (Rhode Island)
Sweet Woodruff finds a happy home.
Our plants arrived right on time and imperfect condition. The young plants were vigorous and healthy and are settling in nicely.
Katharine N. (Michigan)
Sweet Woodruff landscape plugs did the trick! Perfect number of plants for the location, decent size w/good root systems. Arrived in good shape, green and healthy & well watered. I only wish I could get more plants as plugs as I’m landscaping a sizeable area and need smaller plant starts with which to work.