Plant of the Week: Glow Girl® Spiraea

Hello and happy Monday!

I'm writing to you today from the California Spring Trials in sunny California! I'm not sure how I got so lucky as to miss the midwest storms, but Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, CA, is all decked out with beautiful Proven Winners® annuals, perennials, and of course, ColorChoice® shrubs. We're expecting a cooler, rainy day today, but I'm not going to complain!

Next week I'll come back with pictures of some of the incredible plants that have been on display, but in the meantime here's a sneak peek "panorama pic" of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® tent.

It's been a couple of weeks since I've had the opportunity to bring you Jane's Plant of the Week, but today I'm sharing her post about a beautiful little spirea...take a look:

Tough Love.

It's tough. And you will love it. It's Glow Girl® Spiraea betulifolia.

I've always thought of Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' as kind of an introvert, especially when compared with the more common S. japonica cultivars on the market. But if you think that being an introvert is a bad thing, think again.

Glow Girl® birchleaf spirea is the introverted plant that can hold its own with the flashy hybrids.

This gold form of 'Tor' is just as cold-hardy and adaptable as the original, but with cheery yellow foliage. If you've never grown Spiraea betulifolia and are in a colder climate, please give it a try. It has very appealing texture and nice fall color as well as white flowers in spring. 

This is a very durable plant that is both attractive and easy to grow, and you don't need to a lot of space or to prune it to produce an attractive and uniform plant.

Remember that introverts aren't necessarily shy or wanting to be alone all the time. Glow Girl® is an excellent choice for mass planting or low hedge, and it will do what introverts do: get its work done without needing a lot of attention.

Tough and beautiful, Glow Girl® holds its color well through the season before transforming to burgundy in the fall. It is hardy to USDA Zone 3 and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

There is a lot to love about this tough little spirea, proving it's worth your while to invest a little attention into these spectacular landscape introverts.

Plant of the Week is written by Jane Beggs-Joles

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