Spirea

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Spirea (Spiraea species)

You want an easy shrub to grow?  You can’t go wrong with a spirea, one of the easiest flowering shrubs to grow.  There are two main types of spirea with one being the bridal wreath type that has arching branches that burst with white flowers in the spring, and the mounding type that grow much lower to the ground and bears pink, red or white flower clusters throughout the summer on arching branches.  Spirea are fast growing and loved for their form and flowers.  Often used as a hedge, screen or a border plant.  They prefer full sun for best blooms, but will tolerate part shade.

Golden spirea

Golden spirea

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ – Known best for its brilliant gold foliage that lights up a landscape adding contrast and color.  A dense upright mounding shrub that has foliage that turns from green-gold to yellow.  The branches bear clusters of flat topped pink flowers  from spring to mid summer with sporadic repeat blooms throughout the summer.

A compact mounding plant that grows  3-4 feet tall and wide.  Used in mass as a low, informal hedge for paths or walkways, as a specimen plant for accent, or in shrub borders.

 

 

Neon Flash Spirea

Neon Flash Spirea

Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash” –  A low maintenance flowering deciduous shrub, Neon Flash has an additional colorful “flower power” to add to its’ resume due to the brilliant deep pink flowers that cover the bush in early summer.  A compact bush that sends multiple stems straight up from the base and reaches 3 feet tall and wide. Foliage has a reddish tinge in spring which reappears again in fall.

Grows best is full sun, will tolerate most types of soil conditions.  Often used in front of a house as a foundation shrub or as a specimen plant.  Their delicate texture contrasts nicely with bolder large leaf plants such as oak leaf hydrangea.

 

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Bridal Wreath Spirea (Vanhoutte) – A medium sized deciduous flowering shrub that show off with beautiful cascades of small white flower clusters every spring.  Foliage turns to shades of blue-green in the summer.  They can grow 6 – 8 feet tall and 10 – 12 feet in wide.  Bridal Wreath Spirea is known for its distinct fountain like growth habit with arching branches reaching for the ground, covered with small white flowers.

To maintain desired shape, prune back one third of old wood each year after blooming has finished.  Bridal Wreath Spirea are useful as an informal hedge or screen, as a specimen plant or in a mixed shrub border.  A beautiful plant for any garden.

photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28567825@N03/3545687283">Garland Spirea (Spirea x arguta)</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">(license)</a>

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