This morning, I had to pull off the road in the middle of a rain shower to snap a few pictures of this lovely and fleeting beauty: the Bridal Wreath Spirea.
I already hear some of my fellow plant nerds groaning about my use of the dreaded term "spirea" and "lovely" in the same sentence. Well, hear me out friends (especially Sarah Gregory if she's reading this), this isn't about you and your preconceived bias about how much spirea suck as a landscape plant. This is about their use in my floral arrangements, so work with me, ok?!
**Side-note, they DO kinda suck when not placed properly in the landscape or taken care of well, see photo below. Sad, very sad.
Spirea come in MANY shapes and sizes and colors, as well as varying levels of "goodness". I'm not saying all spirea are created equal, nor should you plant 50 in your yard this weekend. But I am saying some suck less than others and I do like seeing this beauty in full bloom for about 1 week every year.
Isn't she pretty???? With her pillowy, soft, white florets cascading down the arching branches? I adore her, I need one in my garden so I don't have to steal cuttings from her at the church in my neighborhood. Don't judge me. . . . Jesus knows I have a problem with floral thievery.
You can read more about this shrub online from the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder site but here are the basic stats:
Latin name: Spiraea x vanhouttei
Hardiness zones: 3-8
Mature size: 5-8 ft tall and 7-10 ft wide (wow!)
Spring blooming in full sun, drought tolerant
These branches make a wonderful soft and graceful, yet structural addition to a florist's wedding bouquets and centerpieces this time of year.
SEE!!!!!?? Weren't those lovely!? I challenge you to open your mind to all the possibilities of the plants in your landscape. Every one is special and can serve a purpose if you let yourself step out of the box. Enjoy!