Pics of Garden Landscaping with Flowering Plants using the Bridal Wreath or Spirea Bush
Bridal Wreath (Spirea) Shrub
Flowers and Plants
When designing a plan for garden landscaping, it is often desirable to work in some flowers and plants that add splashes of color for additional definition and interest and one of the many flowering plants that should be considered is the Bridal Wreath, also known as Spirea.
It is a hearty old fashioned plant and is commonly found growing in the Northern Hemisphere.
Interestingly it is actually related to the family of roses.
The Bridal Wreath is a fairly low maintenance plant and once established can be propagated from division of the root ball or it can quite easily be grown from cuttings of the woody stems.
Spirea (Bridal Wreath) Shrub in full bloom
The bridal wreath shrub that I first saw as a child growing in my parent's yard was a thing of beauty.
Next to an adjacent woods, the acreage where my parents built their home in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin had been a field with native grasses growing in it.
My parents had purchased 2 acres of land from my maternal grandfather who owned a much larger plot which he gradually sold off to other people wishing to build homes there in the countryside.
Every single tree, shrub and flower that graced our yard and garden space was lovingly planted by my parents.
It was a blank canvas so-to-speak where my mother and father were able to create their own masterpiece...and beautiful it was!
The cascading branches of the large bridal wreath shrub that would bear those striking white blossoms each Spring were one of the bushes chosen to be used in the yard to add its own particular beauty.
The pictures taken and shown in this hub are from a neighbor's yard in Houston, Texas.
Showing the fountain-like branches dipping down to the ground festooned with the many brilliant white blossoms it makes me think of the bridal wreath bushes in my parent's yard in those early days of my childhood.
Spirea (Bridal Wreath)
Gardening Tips: Great Spireas for your garden
The bridal wreath or spirea comes from the family Rosaceae and from the cultivar Plena.
When planting this shrub one must allow plenty of space around it so that the effect of its cascading growth habit can be fully appreciated.
It can commonly grow to be about 6 feet in height with a width of almost the same. Grown as a specimen plant it can be admired from every angle.
If grown as a hedge just allow enough space between each plant so that it has a chance to grow and spread naturally.
Often gardeners do not take the mature size of a plant into consideration when first planting the smaller sizes purchased in nurseries. The newly planted shrubs are then forced to compete for water, nutrients and even enough circulating air to remain healthy.
The Bridal Wreath is a deciduous plant meaning that it loses its leaves in the wintertime.
It likes full sun but can tolerate partial shade as long as it gets at least 6 hours of sun daily.
When in glorious bloom in mid to late Spring, it attracts butterflies but what it does not attract is deer munching on its branches.
This is good to know for people who are seeking shrubs and plants and who have deer regularly visiting their gardens.
Perhaps it is the salicylates that are contained within the branches of the bridal wreath (an aspirin like component) that repels the deer?
Rabbits and other critters will also not be prone to chew on the bridal wreath branches.
What makes this plant really attractive is its hardiness.
It can tolerate every type of condition ranging from the windy seashore to hot and humid conditions such as are found in Houston in the summertime to drought conditions or even polluted areas!
Bridal Wreath (Spirea) Shrub
There are many varieties of Spirea, even dwarf varieties that can bloom more than one time a year if pruned back after blooming.
The greatest variety of species can be found in eastern Asia.
There are anywhere from 80 to 100 species of Spirea, also sometimes spelled Spiraea.
Thus if your garden space does not allow one to plant a 6 foot specimen of spirea, not to worry!
There are low growing mounded varieties that also bloom in other colors and sport different colors of leaves.
How to prune spirea
On the larger shrubs like the bridal wreath some experts recommend pruning back the spireas by 1/3rd after flowering every year.
Some of the smaller growing varieties are literally cut back to just above ground level each year. This is a method called "stumping."
During the growing and blooming season with the smaller to medium varieties of spirea they can be pruned back with clippers or even a hedge trimmer and they will likely re-bloom possibly even several times if this is done regularly depending upon the variety.
In addition to the Bridal Wreath Spirea, some of the other varieties among which to choose in nurseries or online are the Anthony Waterer, Daphne, Gold Flame, Magic Carpet, Little Princess, Lime Mound, Gold Mound and others. The choices are many!
Hopefully you enjoyed learning about the different varieties of spirea that can be used in your home garden design when wanting a hardy but also beautiful flowering shrub.
And if you are a bride getting married in the Springtime of the year and want a natural hair adornment or sprigs of the bridal wreath in your bouquet or in flower arrangements, what could be more natural than the fragrant Bridal Wreath to make that special day even more memorable?
Bridal Wreath (Spirea) Shrub in full bloom
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© 2011 Peggy Woods
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