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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DescriptionAttention, magnolia lovers! 'Venus' Sweetshrub (Calycanthus hybrid) is your solution to enjoying your favorite flower all summer long. Even though it isn't remotely related to magnolias, the big, bold, white, lily-like blooms of 'Venus' are reminiscent of the springtime favorite. Their scent is entirely different, calling to mind apples or bananas instead of perfume, though some people detect no scent at all. This is a big, multi-stemmed shrub that is ideal for planting as a specimen or screen, thanks to its large leaves. The flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue through the season, particularly in the cooler parts of its range.DetailsBotanical name: Calycanthus x 'Venus' Patent: USPP 15925 Common name: Sweetshrub, sweet Betsy, Carolina allspice Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 5-6' tall and 6-8' wide & wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Summer Bloom time: Early summer, midsummer Features: Rare & unusual, proven winners, privacy & screening, native, low flammability, heat tolerant, fragrant, deer resistant Uses: Specimen, hedge, landscaping, foundation plantingHow To GrowSoil: Any average soil will do; avoid extreme wet or dry conditions. Light: Sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hours/day) Water: Moderate moisture; tolerates dry conditions once established, but flowering is best when not stressed. Space: 6-7' 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. May die back to the ground over winter in the colder parts of its range, but will re-emerge from the roots. Maintenance: Pruning, if desired, should be done in spring. However, this is not necessary.