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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DescriptionRosettes of huge, leathery, evergreen foliage makes ‘Winterglut' Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia) an outstanding shade perennial ground cover. It earns the common name pigsqueak from the noise made when the leaves rub together! Green leaves take on red and bronze hues in the fall and winter, providing year-round interest. As the foliage turns green again in spring, bright pink blooms arise on tall spikes, ushering in spring with clusters of color.
This deer and rabbit resistant perennial is incredibly easy to grow! The only maintenance required is a quick trim in the spring to remove winter-damaged leaves. Try planting it as a durable ground cover or as a textural addition to containers!DetailsBotanical name:Bergenia cordifolia 'Winterglut' Common name: Pigsqueak Zone: 4 - 8 Sun exposure: Full Sun (>6hs), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun) Height x width: 12-15" X 12" Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Year-round Uses: Accent, Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control or embankment, Ground cover, Massing, Ornamental, Slopes, Small spaces, Underplant, WoodlandHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, moist, well-draining soil. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) to shade (< 4 hours sun). Water: Prefers evenly moist but not soggy soil. Spacing: 12-18 inches. Fertilizing: Fertilizer needs are low. If you have poor soil, feed during the spring growing season with a light application of slow-release fertilizer. Winterizing: No specific care is needed. Evergreen in the South but may suffer considerable winter damage in colder climates. Maintenance & pruning: Remove all damaged foliage in late winter to early spring. Prompt remove spent flowering stems. If needed, divide in spring every 3-4 years. It spreads slowly by rhizomes.