Wednesday, June 06, 2007
'MAGIC CARPET' SPIREA
The Summer blooming Spireas are starting to bloom in the garden and I wanted to feature Spirea japonica 'Magic Carpet'. This plant is a real gem with interest many months of the year. First in late Winter/early Spring it leafs out in golds and red tones (bottom photo). Them the foliage turns to lime green and the new growth turns rose pink (middle photo). Finally it blooms with pink flowers and the foliage turns a chartreuse (top photo). As with most Spireas this hybrid requires full sun and usually is not bothered by any pests. Another quality of this Spirea is its size, generally topping out at about 30 inches and spreading slightly wider. Yearly light pruning keeps in top form. Its a great plant to place in mixed borders or amongst other foundation shrubs to add interest.