Ideas for Using Spirea Shrubs in Your Garden

There are many varieties of spireas, which is one of the most common shrubs in gardens across America. These deciduous shrubs can grow to be 6 feet tall with brilliant red, pink, blue, and white flowers. All 80 types of spireas are very easy to grow and will thrive in most climates. The following will provide you with some ideas on how to incorporate this popular shrub into your garden.


Borders and Boundaries

Spirea shrubs are excellent for lining borders and boundaries because of their varying heights. The spirea is ideal for low borders accompanying sidewalks or driveways. Make your patio more attractive by lining it with spireas. You can plant spirea shrubs around the base of your well established trees to create a lovely visual effect.


The spirea will also work as a hedging plant. Whether you desire a low hedge or a slightly higher one, the hardy spirea shrub makes an excellent choice for hedges.

Container Growing

Spireas also grow well in containers, especially the shorter varieties. This makes them very versatile and easy to move between your house and your outdoor garden. This versatility will let you alter the look of your garden and experiment with various color schemes.

Rock Garden Planting

The Japanese spirea is a flowering shrub that makes a great compliment to rock gardens. It grows well in a variety of soil conditions and blooms in lovely shades of white, pink, lavender, and lilac. Even though it involves a lot of maintenance such as regular pruning, it makes up for it with its long blooming period, giving your garden frequent, vibrant color. Failure to prune will result in dead flowers accumulating on the shrub. So prune regularly to enjoy those fresh flower blooms. 

Increase Lighting and Color of Your Garden

The Goldmound spirea is known for its remarkable golden leaves and brilliant red flowers, which easily brighten any garden. Blooms begin to show beginning late in the spring and extending through the early summer. Pruning will help extend the blooming phase.