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Spirea – Family Plot


Now let’s talk about spirea. – Yes. – What do we need to know about planting spirea? – Spirea likes
well-drained soil. – OK, well-drained soil, right. – But it’s really not particular
about where it’s planted. – OK. – So, but it doesn’t want to
be in boggy wet feet. – (Chris)
OK. – The ones you think of
the most are the first ones that bloom in the spring,
they’re usually white. – Mm hmm. – There’s different varieties of those and
they’re usually big. – A lot of people, do they
call them like bridal veil? – Yeah bridal wreath spirea. – Wreaths, bridal wreaths. – Is one of them. – OK. – And those are the
older varieties. – Yes, that’s what I always
hear, hear about them. – And they are nice but a
lot of people don’t have five, seven feet. – They’re big. – Tall and wide to, a
place to plant them. So, if you want a spring blooming
one there is another one that’s been developed,
it’s called snowmound. And it blooms when their leaves
just start coming out on it but it has these
big huge quorums or groups of flowers
that are really pretty so they’re not single on
the stems like the others. – Oh, OK, like clusters. – Clusters. – You go down along it. – Right. – And very, very pretty. – That sounds beautiful, and it’s smaller, more compact? – (Joellen)
It’s a little bit smaller. – Oh yeah. – Maybe four or five feet. It’s still a large shrub,
fairly large shrub. But you can keep it pruned. But all of those that I’ve
just talked about bloom in the spring so as a rule
of thumb, when we prune them is after they finish blooming. So that’s how you can
control their height. – Now didn’t we plant
some spirea in our Family Plot bed out front? – Yes and that is
what the exciting part of spireas are for me,
are the dwarf spireas. They get about three
feet or lower in height. And the one we planted out
front was Anthony waterer. It’s got that lavender
pink bloom on it. – (Chris) I like that. – They start blooming in May and June and
then they’ll bloom, almost the summer until it
gets really, really hot. And then it’ll be sporadically. It just won’t be
as a full bloom. – So it’s kinda like
separate from the other first ones that we talked about. – Yes, yes. – And they go a different summer type spirea. – Yeah. Some of them are related
to the others but these are the cultivars that
they’ve developed which has really been exciting. There’s one that I
liked called Goldflame. – (Chris)
(laughing) Cool name. – It has a russet red foliage
and yellow in the springtime. And then it has pink
flowers on it but the foliage fades
as it gets hotter. So it’ll get a little
bit more green. And sometimes ends up being
green, mine is green right now because it’s gone
through the summer. But in the fall, it
picks up the fall colors of russet and orange and yellow. – (Chris) I like those colors. – Which is nice. And it holds its leaves
a little bit longer than a lot of other
deciduous shrubs. I like it for the foliage. To me the flowers are
kind of insignificant. But the foliage is spectacular
and there’s a lot of people who like it and
it’s easy to find. The smallest one that’s easy
to find in the nurseries and gardening centers is
called little princess. And it’s really cute,
it doesn’t get more than around a foot,
foot and a half tall. – Small. – Yeah it’s small. It has pink flowers,
it’s got green foliage, nice green foliage and you know, for the modern landscape that
doesn’t always have space, I mean these smaller
spireas will give you blooms in June and July when you know there’s not a lot of things–
– Yeah nothing else – Are blooming. – That’s right. All right well Joellen,
we definitely appreciate the good information, good
landscape options there. Thank you much.

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