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Spireas are flowering shrubs with a rather modest, not exceeding 2 m height, but surprisingly beautiful form of shoots and abundant flowering. They are versatile, affordable and easily propagating, flowering shrubs that retain their attractiveness from spring to late autumn.
Despite the fact that the individual flowers of the spirea are quite small and inconspicuous, they bloom in such quantities in decorative inflorescences of the paniculate and corymbose type that the bushes seem to be covered with foam, or rather with lace of white or pink flowering of varying saturation. The bright autumn color of the leaves can also be ranked among the advantages of the spirea: at the end of the season, the classic muted green is replaced by flashes of purple, yellow and orange in a variety of combinations.
Spireas are suitable for low to medium hedges, do not get lost in the company of other shrubs.
Spireas adapt well to any soil, except for excessively dense and moist, tolerate a polluted environment, are hardy and frost-resistant. You can plant such hedges in lighted or semi-shady areas.
The advantages of a spirea hedge:
- pomp and grace, lace and architectural effect;
- compact size and visual "airiness";
- spirea hedges attract insects en masse and have a delicate, pleasant aroma;
- long-flowering hedges can be created by combining varieties that bloom from early spring to mid-summer;
- a wide selection of color palette from white-flowering to pink and crimson tones;
- fast growth, allowing you to get a flowering hedge within 3 years after planting.
Best views for hedges
And growing in the form of dense dense bushes, and erect, and cascade-like spireas are equally well suited for creating hedges. Looks great in a hedge:
- medium spirea, in which inflorescences bloom only on the upper part of the shoots;
- spirea willow and Japanese, whose inflorescences are located in the apical inflorescences;
- spirea serrated, in which inflorescences are evenly distributed along the entire length of the shoots;
- spirea gray, Wangutta, white, Billiard, Douglas, etc.
It is best to plant spirea hedges in the middle lane in September, on cloudy or cold days. The optimal strategy is to plant a 70 cm distance between plants.
For spirea, individual pits or trenches are preferred, the depth of which should be equal to the height of the seedling rhizome + 30%. Before planting, it is better to soak the roots in water for an hour, and then gently spread.
For the spirea, it is important to maintain the usual level of deepening, without lowering or raising the root collar in comparison with the previous growing site. After planting, mulching and abundant watering are carried out.
Features of caring for a spirea hedge
Spirea pruning directly depends on the period of its flowering. In all spirits blooming in spring, it is carried out immediately after flowering, slightly cutting off the tips of the shoots and resorting to stronger pruning only for the purpose of rejuvenation. But for those shrubs that bloom in summer, pruning is carried out in the spring, when the plants only wake up after hibernation: they shorten all the shoots to well-developed buds and completely remove the small and thickening ones.
From the fourth year, it is necessary to thin out the plants in the hedges, cutting out the oldest branches (in low hedges, you can annually cut bushes at a height of about 30 cm for constant rejuvenation). All spireas for updating the hedge can be cut into a stump, skipping 1 season of flowering. After any pruning, it is advisable to carry out additional feeding.
Otherwise, caring for spirea hedges is reduced to watering in a drought and a single top dressing in early spring or mid-June. Young plants will gratefully respond to weeding and loosening the soil, constant maintenance of the mulch layer.
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