shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

West Des Moines, IA
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Question by lburns5
September 6, 2005
I am landscaping around our house. Can you tell me which would be better shrubs to place in front of our house, which faces to the North but gets alot of hot afternoon sun:

Spirea? If Spirea would you do Pink Parade or Magic Carpet

or should I try Dark Horse wegelia a Pink Poppet wegelia?

ALSO - as a foundation shrub for the Southeast side of our house would you recommend Wine and Roses wegelia or would they grow too large (I believe they reach 5' by 5' at maturity.)

OR would you recommend Pink Parade Spirea for that side of our home?

Thank you so very much.

Answer from NGA
September 6, 2005
If given a choice, I'd go with Magic Carpet Spirea. This is an award-winning three-season dwarf shrub that offers vibrant foliage and flower color. The bright gold foliage is accented with striking red leaf tips. Early spring flowers are deep pink-purple that cover the plant over a long period. In autumn, foliage changes to russet tones that retain their beauty to the holidays. Low spreading habit is ideal filler or groundcover. Deciduous shrub. Full sun. Medium to fast growth to 18 inches tall and 2 feet wide.

As for the foundation planting, I'd recommend Dark Horse Weigela. Generous clusters of magenta pink flowers stand out boldly against bronze leaves with striking lime green venation. Shorter stature makes a valuable foundation plant that fits well in small gardens. Dense, spreading habit is particularly good coverage in the foreground of shrub borders or on banks. Shape plants after spring bloom. Deciduous. Full sun. Moderate growth to 3 feet tall and about as wide. A 5' high and wide shrub might be too large for the southease side of your home.

Enjoy your new shrubs!

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