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Delicate foliage and cascading branches of white or pink spring flowers are two traits that earn spirea its rightful place in the mixed border. A beautiful flowering companion for spring bulbs, the bridal wreath spirea is a traditional favorite.
Other types have colorful light-green or gold foliage that contrasts with purple-toned perennials and shrubs. Compact spirea varieties form mounding backdrops in small-space gardens.
Spireas thrive in a fertile, moist soil with good drainage.
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Anthony Waterer spirea
(Spiraea japonica 'Anthony Waterer') grows into a 3-foot-tall mound with deep rosy pink flowers in spring. Zones 4-9
Bridal wreath spirea
(Spiraea prunifolia 'Plena') bears tiny double white flowers on bare branches early in spring, before the glossy green leaves appear. Some red fall color. Zones 5-9
(Spiraea japonica 'Frobelii') bears bright pink spring flowers and grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9
(Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame') is a small shrub to 2 to 3 feet high, with orange-gold tinted new growth that softens to light green in summer, then copper-orange in fall. It bears pink flowers in early summer. Zones 4-9
Little Princess spirea
(Spiraea japonica 'Little Princess') forms a dense mound 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Rose pink flowers in spring. Zones 4-9
(Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound') bears white flowers that almost smother the branches in early summer. It forms a fast-growing, mounding shrub 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 4-8
Van Houtte spirea
(Spirea x vanhouttei) forms a vase-shaped shrub to 6 feet tall and wide, bearing white flowers in mid-spring. Zones 4-8