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How Far Apart Should You Plant Perennials?

Dan Nursery crops, This Land of Ours

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If you’ve never thought about it, you should take the time to learn how far apart to plant perennials.  For a modest investment up front, perennial plants will bring years of color and interest to your garden or landscape. A little time and effort spent in proper planting will pay off in the future.

If you are planting nursery-grown plants, refer to the label. The preferred spacing is usually a range, such as 18-24 inches. Planting closer will give you a fuller garden more quickly, but you will probably need to divide the perennials sooner. Plants with closer spacing are more susceptible to fungal diseases caused by poor air circulation.

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Most perennials benefit from division after 3-5 years. If you can’t find information about a specific plant, a general rule is to space small perennials 6-12 inches apart, 2-3-foot-tall perennials 12-18 inches apart, and taller perennials 18-36 inches apart.

It’s also a good idea to consult a good book on perennials before planting.

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How Far Apart Should You Plant Perennials?