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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DescriptionTres Amigos™ abelia (Abelia grandifolia) is a triple threat in the garden with remarkable foliage, fragrant flowers, and a tidy habit! Leaves emerge in spring with intricate green, white, pink, and yellow variegation, instantly adding a splash of color to the landscape. As the season progresses, the yellow hues fade and are replaced with prominent pink edges. The result? Each leaf resembles a watercolor painting coming to life in your garden.
While the foliage is stunning, we can't forget about the flowers. White flowers bloom sporadically from summer to fall, boasting a jasmine-like fragrance that delights pollinators (and gardeners). It packs all of this personality into a compact and tidy habit, perfectly suited for borders, edging, and patio containers.DetailsBotanical name: Abelia grandiflora 'Mincautri' Patent #: PP#33,457 Common name: Abelia Zone: 6 – 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 2-3′ tall x 3-5′ wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green, white, pink, and yellow Season of interest: Spring through Fall Bloom time: Summer, fall Features: Rare & unusual, proven winners, heat tolerant, fragrant, dry soils, deer resistant, container plants Uses: Borders, container plants, foundation, hedge, massing How To GrowSoil: Any average soil will do; avoid extreme wet or dry conditions. Though it can tolerate some drought, performance is best with regular water Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hours/day) to shade (<4 hours direct sun/day).
Water: Moderate moisture; tolerates dry conditions once established, but flowering is best when not stressed Spacing: 4’ apart Fertilizing: Seldom needed; apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring if desired Winterizing: A 2-3″ layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended. In colder areas, site away from strong winds. Maintenance & pruning: Blooms on new wood, so can be pruned in spring if desired. However, it naturally takes on a graceful, fountain-like habit that does not require regular pruning. Any errant growth can be removed as needed.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.