Table of contents:
- Spirea borders
- Spireas in mixborders
- Spireas in rock gardens and rockeries
- Spireas on flower beds and under tree
- Spireas in an array
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Fashionable and versatile, hardy and easy to care for, beauties of spirea are irreplaceable shrubs. They are used in the design of gardens of all styles and sizes, in ceremonial compositions and not so much, in protective plantings and even in the design of arrays. And the talents of spirits are endless. Spring "snow" blooms or pink lace in summer, elegant patterns of branches and crowns in the garden are never superfluous. In a variety of objects, spireas always reveal their beauty from a new side.
The status of a shrub is not just beautifully flowering, but also almost universal in its use, spireas were not obtained by chance. High decorativeness in combination with good "practical" characteristics inherent in spirea, in fact, have no analogues. Indeed, it will be difficult to find another shrub with different inflorescence colors and different flowering periods, excellent foliage shape and color, bush shape and even its height. Thanks to this, it can be used in garden decoration as you like. Spireas are suitable for solving any problem and any situation, style, color scheme, dominant materials and even neighboring plants.
But a wide variety of options is not always a plus. Spireas have become so familiar and so commonplace for us that many began to perceive them as a frankly boring or, more precisely, an uninteresting option. And instead of giving credit and choosing the most reliable type, more and more designers and gardeners are looking for more interesting shrubs. Modern trends in ornamental gardening are changing this trend and spireas are back in fashion.
Let's get acquainted with five options for using spirea in the design of a site that will make this shrub shine in all its shine and reveal all its advantages.
To emphasize and make an elegant path, a platform, make a strict accent in the design of the garden, delimit the territory without the effect of isolation, border a flower garden or a recreation area, a group of shrubs and trees or even a lawn - for all this, you cannot find a more effective way than a border. And low hedges in the form of spirits planted in a row are one of the most elegant options. From the spirea, elegant and neat frames and borders are obtained, which in beauty can even compete with boxwood. And when the bushes are blooming, it is simply impossible to take your eyes off the ribbon from the spirea. Spirea curb can be planted along high fences and walls, hedges, as a concealer. It's a regular design element. But due to the nature of the spire, the border can also look like an element of natural style.
For the decoration of borders, Japanese spireas are often used of the best dense and low varieties with original leaves, although spring-flowering spireas are also good in this capacity.
Spireas in mixborders
If ordinary borders made of spirea seem solemn and strict, then in mixborders, or mixed beds, the spirea reveals completely different talents. In mixborders, this shrub adds volume and splendor, creates massive accents and background, sets focal points, brings a play of textures and lines, lace and picturesqueness. And by no means always a spirea in a mixborder looks only like a landscape, romantic accent: with the right selection of partners with the participation of spiraea, you can even create regular ensembles.
In mixborders, the spirea can be used not only as an ordinary shrub - in the middle or background for one-sided mixborders and the middle line of mixed beds with a two-way view. After all, a huge selection of species and varieties allows you to find plants even for decoration and foreground.
The favorites for the design of mixborders are gray spireas, nippon, white-flowered and Japanese. They contrast perfectly with any other shrub or perennial, differ in more expressive lines and a lush crown, easily recognizable in any mixborder. Spireas are mixed in mixed ridges and in a continuous row, and "dotted", with gaps, and as dotted accents.
In mixborders, spireas are well combined with evergreen, ornamental flowering and ornamental deciduous shrubs, any herbaceous perennials and even annuals.
Spireas in rock gardens and rockeries
For the design of alpine hills and all types of rocky gardens, without exception, dwarf and miniature species of trees and shrubs are usually selected, spectacular both in silhouette and in texture, looking like perfect copies of giants. But in the ranks of pines, junipers, firs, compact rhododendrons and other evergreen favorites for decorating mountain corners, you can safely write down spireas. They have not only beautiful flowering, but also a luxurious crown pattern, beautiful greenery, seem like living lace.
Spireas will fit into any landscape that has large boulders and rocks. This shrub contrasts perfectly with conifers and acts as a kind of counterbalance in the compositions. Visually, spireas combine shrubs and woody with perennials and carpet plants, give the whole composition harmony, remove massiveness and make the ensembles more airy.
It is not worth worrying about how the spireas will feel in the company of drought-resistant plants, whether they will not be uncomfortable in stony soil: spireas are hardy and all that needs to be done to grow them in a rock garden is to remember to water the bushes in a drought and build them when planting watering holes that will more effectively direct moisture to the bush.
For rock gardens and rockeries, it is better to choose spireas with the lowest bushes and the most dense crowns. The best candidates are gray spirea, white-flowered, Japanese, Wangutta (choose compact varieties).
Spireas on flower beds and under tree
Spireas are more often viewed as shrubs for the role of a soloist or hedge than as crops that will look good on a flower garden. And in vain: garden fashion calls for planting spireas in flower beds of all formats and sizes. After all, here their flowering, and the pattern of the crown, and the ability to remain attractive throughout the year will appear in a completely new light. Spireas will perfectly fit into a collection of any plants and will place beautifully flowering accents in compositions that lack volume and expressiveness.
But you can add spireas not only to the collection of perennials in the flower bed. They will not be superfluous as an additional plant both in the design of alleys (as undergrowth for large shrubs), and in groups of shrubs and woody plants to create also a colorful undergrowth. Any garden giant, a bush of lilac, viburnum, mock-orange with a pillow of spirea around will look more romantic, and brighter, and more magnificent.
In groups and on flower beds, spireas very clearly show one of their most underrated talents - bright foliage in spring and autumn. When the leaves are just blooming, you will not find such a variety of shades of light green and light green in any other shrub. And in the fall, almost all spireas surprise with their outfit.
Spireas in an array
As soon as the arrays of shrubs are not called - shrub meadows, lawns, playgrounds. But the essence of this design option does not change: squat or dense types of shrubs are planted so that they create a continuous, closed covering, similar to a volumetric carpet. Arrays should be homogeneous and dense.
Only owners of gardens with a rather large area can afford this design option. But on the other hand, in those gardens where they want to simplify care and find a highly decorative option for filling a large area, a more elegant alternative to a parterre lawn, arrays can become a real highlight.
The return of arrays to fashion is due to their stable decorative effect and ease of maintenance - two principles on which modern landscape design is based. And there is probably no better candidate for creating an array than a spirea. Textured, interesting, with unusual patterns of branches, perfectly tolerating a dense planting, and even beautifully flowering, the spirea in a continuous covering is magnificent.
For arrays, the densest species and varieties of spirea are used, in which the height is inferior to the spreading of the bushes. You can create an array from both spring-flowering and summer-flowering spirits. When choosing varieties, give preference to the shortest and most sprawling cultivars.