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5 Fashionable Ways To Use Spirea In Garden Design

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Fashionable and versatile, hardy and easy to care for, the beauties of spireas are indispensable shrubs. They are used in the design of gardens of all styles and sizes, in compositions of formal and not so formal, in protective plantings and even in the design of arrays. And the talents of spireas are endless. Spring "snowy" blossoms or pink lace in summer, elegant patterns of branches and crowns in the garden are never superfluous. In the most different objects, spireas reveal their beauty always from a new side.

5 fashionable ways to use spirea in garden design
Spireas in a flower garden

The status of the shrub is not just a beautiful flowering, but also almost universal in its use, spireas did not get by chance. High ornamental value combined with good "practical" characteristics inherent in spireas, in fact, know no analogues. After all, another shrub with different colors of inflorescences and different terms of flowering, different shape and color of leaves, the shape of the bush and even its height will indeed be difficult to find. Because of this, it can be used in the design of the garden as desired. Spireas are suitable for any task and any situation, style, color scheme, dominant materials and even - neighboring plants.

But a large variety of options is not always a "plus". Spireas have become so familiar to us and so commonplace that many have begun to perceive them and as a frankly boring or, more precisely, uninteresting option. And instead of giving credit and choosing the most reliable species, more and more designers and gardeners are looking for shrubs that are more interesting. 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 the site, which will make this shrub shine in all its brilliance and reveal all its advantages.

Spirea borders

Underline and beautify a path, a ground, make an accent in garden design, separate an area without isolation effect, border a flower bed or a seating area, groups of bushes and trees or even a lawn - you won't find a more effective way for all that than a border. And low hedges in the form of spireas planted in a row are one of the most ornate options. Spireis make smart and neat frames and borders, which can compete in beauty even with boxwood. And when the bushes are in blossom it is simply impossible to take your eyes off of the spireia ribbon. Spirea edging can be planted along high fences and walls, hedges, as a camouflage. It is a regular design element. But due to the character of spireas, the border can also look like an element of natural style.

For the design of borders often use spirea Japanese best dense and low varieties with original leaves, although spring-flowering spireas in this capacity are also good.

5 fashionable ways to use spirea in garden design
Japanese spirea curb

Spireas in mixborders

If ordinary curbs of spireas seem solemn and austere, in mixborders, or mixed squares, spireas reveal quite other talents. In mixborders this shrub gives volume and lushness, creates massive accents and backgrounds, arranges focal points, brings the game of textures and lines, lace and picturesqueness. And by no means always does the spirea in the mixborder look only as a landscape, romantic accent: with the right selection of partners with the participation of spireas can be created even regular ensembles.

In mixborders 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 plantings with a two-sided view. After all, a huge choice of species and varieties allows you to find plants even for decorating the foreground.

The favorites of design of mixed-boarders are spireas gray, Nippon, white-flowered and Japanese. They are an excellent contrast to any other shrub or perennial, have more expressive lines and a lush crown, easily recognized in any mixed garden. Spireas can be arranged in mixed gardens as continuous rows, "dotted" with gaps and as point accents.

Spireas can be well combined in mixed gardens with evergreens, ornamental-flowering and deciduous shrubs, any herbaceous perennials and even summer plants. © Michelle Gervais

Spireas in alpinaries and rockeries

Dwarf and miniature species of trees and shrubs, effective both in silhouette and texture, looking like perfect copies of giants, are usually selected for the decoration of alpine mountains and all types of stony gardens without exception. But in the ranks of pines, junipers, spruces, compact rhododendrons and other evergreen favorites for the decoration of mountain corners can safely include spireas. They have not only beautiful flowering, but also a luxurious crown pattern, beautiful greenery, seem to be a living lace.

Spireas will fit into any landscape with large boulders and rocks. This shrub perfectly contrasts with conifers and acts as their peculiar counterbalance in compositions. Visually, spireas unite shrubs and woody with perennials and carpet plants, give the whole composition harmony, remove the massiveness and make ensembles more airy.

Worry about how the spireas will feel in the company of drought-tolerant plants, whether they will not be comfortable in stony soil, do not: spireas are hardy and all that needs to be done to grow them in an alpinarium is not to forget to water bushes in drought and at planting to construct watering wells, which will direct the moisture to the bush more effectively.

For alpinaries and rockeries, it is better to choose spireas with the lowest bushes and the most dense crowns. The best candidates are Spiraea gray, white-flowered, Japanese, Wangutta (choose compact varieties).

5 fashionable ways to use spirea in garden design
Spiraea in an alpinarium. © David Marciniak

Spireas in flower beds and under woody

Spireas are more often seen as shrubs for a solo or hedge role than as crops that will look good in a flower bed. And for good reason: garden fashion calls for planting spireas in beds of all shapes and sizes. After all, here both their flowering, crown pattern, and ability to remain attractive all year long will appear in a completely new light. Spireas perfectly fit in the collection of any plants and arrange beautifully flowering accents in compositions, which lack volume and expressiveness. Not at all superfluous as an additional plant they will be in the design of alleys (as undergrowth for large shrubs), and in groups of shrubs and woody as plants to create also colorful undergrowth. Any garden giant, bush of lilac, cranberry, chubushnik with a pillow of spirea around will look both more romantic, and brighter, and more lush.

In groups and in flower beds, spireas very clearly show one of their most underestimated 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 lettuce in any other shrub. And in Autumn almost all Spireas surprise with their attire.

5 fashionable ways to use spirea in garden design
Spireas in a flower bed under a tree

Spireas in an array

The name of arrays of bushes - shrub meadows, lawns, squares. But the essence of this design variant does not change: squat or dense species of shrubs are planted so that they create a continuous, closed covering, like a volumetric carpet. Arrays should be homogeneous and dense.

Can only afford this type of design owners of gardens with a large area. But in those gardens, where they want to simplify the care and find a highly decorative variant of filling a large area, a more ornate alternative to the ground lawn, arrays can be a real highlight. And there is perhaps no better candidate for an array than the spirea. Textured, interesting, with unusual patterns of branches, perfectly tolerates dense planting, and even beautifully flowering, spirea in a solid cover is magnificent.

5 fashionable ways to use spirea in garden design
Spirea in a flower garden

For arrays the densest species and varieties of spirea, whose height inferior to the dispersion of bushes are used. You can create an array from both spring-flowering and summer-flowering spireas. When selecting varieties, give preference to the lowest-growing and spreading cultivars.