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Adding Colour to Your Garden
A Spirea bush is low maintenance, fast growing, compact
and an real eye catcher. Add one to your garden, as a container plant on your
deck, or along your walkway.
I love the look of a Spirea. They are brightly coloured,
very tightly compact and look great in any garden.
They are also one of the easiest flowering shrubs to grow
as pruning them really isn’t necessary unless you want to cut out dead wood or
remove spent flowers to make your Spirea bush more attractive.
There are 2 different types of Spireas, spring bloomers
and summer bloomers. Spring bloomers have a cascading look to them with white
clustered flowers along the stem while summer bloomers have a more upright look
with differ coloured flowers ranging from pink to red to purple.
I have several different varieties that I grow and hope
to get more soon.
Spirea Bush Varieties
Goldmound Spirea(Spiraea japonica 'Goldmound') will grow
about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide making it a dwarf shrub and can be grown as a
container plant on your patio. It has golden coloured leaves and small clusters
of pink flowers in late spring to early summer which would also look great on
the corner of a walkway where everyone can see it.
Goldflame Spirea (Spiraea x
bumalda 'Goldflame') is a showy shrub to have in your garden. With bright light
green leaves that turn a coppery colour in the fall and clusters of red
flowers, it will stand out in your garden. It grows to about 4 feet tall and a
little wider which will look great at the corner of your garden.
Spirea (Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound') is
in the Bridal Wreath family and will get larger than most Spireas growing to
about 5 feet tall and wide. It has dark green leaves and showy white flowers in
spring that grow along the stem of the plant.
Leaf Spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Crispa') is
very unique with jagged dark green leaves and bright pink clustered flowers in
early summer. It only gets about 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide at
maturity. If you are looking for something a little different, then this Spirea
is a must have.
Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis “Blue Mist”) - The little purplish-blue flowers are a bee magnet so if you are looking to attract pollinators to your garden this spirea bush is a must-have. It's a smaller shrub only getting to about 2-3 feet tall and wide, perfect for a small garden.
Little Princess Spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess') - With light pink coloured flower clusters and dark green leaves, this spirea will get to about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide, perfect for a garden of any size.
Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei) - One of the bigger spirea shrubs available, it can grow as big as 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It has arching branches that are covered with white flowers in spring.
Astilbe Plant (Astilbe × arendsii ) - Sometimes known as False Spirea or False Goat's Beard, is a great flowering shrubs for shade. The dark green leaves are jagged to a little texture to your garden.
This plant will die back in the winter unlike other spirea bushes.
If you are looking for something that will stand out in
your garden then consider a Spirea Bush for an accent piece, shrub border, or a
container plant on your deck or patio.
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