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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DescriptionAlso known as mirror bush because of its very glossy foliage, Waxwing Orange™ (Coprosma repens) provides multi-season color thanks to its colorful evergreen leaves. Its foliage is lushly colored in fiery orange, red, and yellow tones, giving you fall-like color all year round! Perfect for ground cover or low hedges in warm climates; cold climate gardeners can enjoy them as summer plantings in containers and bring them indoors in winter – they make excellent, easy-to-grow houseplants.DetailsBotanical name: Coprosma 'NGCOP8' Patent: USPP 29827 Common name: Mirror Bush Zone: 9 - 11 Sun exposure: Full (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs sun/day) Height x width: 1-1.5 ft tall x 3 ft wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Lime green Season of Interest: Year-round Bloom time: Spring Features: Winter interest, rare & unusual, Proven Winners, heat tolerant, ground covers, evergreens, deer resistant, container plants Uses: Specimen, hedge, landscaping, border plant, mass planting How To GrowSoil: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Avoid very wet sites; tolerates dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs sun/day) Water: Average. Space: 3' apart. Fertilizing: Apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring if desired. Winterizing: Nothing special required in zones 9 and warmer. In cold climates, bring indoors before a hard frost and grow in a cool, bright spot. Keep soil on the dry side. Maintenance: No pruning or other special care is required. If growing as a dense hedge, can be clipped or trimmed as needed to main shape.
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.