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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DescriptionBe prepared to enter the twilight zone when you add this little bluestem to your garden. 'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem Grass stands out among the rest for its iridescent, silvery mauve color that appears in midsummer. These beautiful pastel tones intensify in fall when bright purple highlights appear. It has a full, upright columnar shape that will blend well with other foliage colors.
Little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, is a North American prairie native found throughout the 48 contiguous states, except for the far western, coastal areas. As its name suggests, this perennial has silvery-blue stems (particularly at the base) and leaves, making it an attractive addition to the landscape. Little Bluestem grass supports pollinators and provides winter food, nesting material, and cover for birds.DetailsBotanical name:Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’ Common name: Little bluestem Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-4.5 ft x 2 ft Foliage color: Blue-green Season of interest: Year-round Bloom time: Summer Features: Winter interest, native, heat tolerant, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant, cold tolerant Uses: Background, border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, naturalizing, erosion control
How To GrowSoil: Will thrive in most soils but prefers fertile, well-draining sites. Light: Performs best in full sun (> 6 hours sun). Water: Has average water needs but will tolerate drought once established. Spacing: 2 to 3 feet apart Fertilizing: It does not require fertilizer. Winterizing: Can leave foliage standing for winter. Maintenance & pruning: Prune to the ground in late winter before new growth has emerged.