All Things Gardening forum: New garden. Not sure what type of plant this is

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DJRCB
Jun 4, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Hi I have some plants in my garden that I'm not sure what they are or how to care for them. Could someone help me identify them and maybe provide some care/pruning tips?

Thank you very much for the help! Hurray!


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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jun 4, 2017 5:50 PM CST
The first one reminds me of a type of weigela. If it is, I didn't prune mine until it got way too big for the area it was in. Since it blooms on year-old wood, I pruned in late spring after it was done blooming. Hummingbirds love it.

The second plant looks familiar, but I can't think of it's name.
Vickie
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DaisyI
Jun 4, 2017 10:36 PM CST
First one is Wigelia. The second is Spirea.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jun 5, 2017 4:48 AM CST
That's it. Spirea... could it be 'Goldflame'?
Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame')


I got a start of spirea (not sure which kind, but it looks like 'Bridal Wreath') from my mom two years ago. After it bloomed this year, I cut it back to about a foot tall. It wasn't huge, but I have a lot of daylilies in the same area and wanted to give them room. Not sure if the Japanese spirea would be pruned the same way.

Vickie
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DJRCB
Jun 5, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Thank you all for the replies. Can I trim back the spirea in early-mid summer? It's gotten rather large I would like to keep it in check. Will it damage the plant at all? Or should I wait till the winter to prune it back?

Thank you for the help

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Roy
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2017 4:12 PM CST
I prune mine almost to the ground every couple years. I do it in the dead of winter because I don't want to cut the flowers off.
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Bonehead
Jun 7, 2017 9:11 PM CST
I prune Goldflame twice. First time in early spring when it just breaks dormancy to about 12-18" and I try to clean out the middle so it's not so crowded. I invariably don't prune it close enough in spring and then it tends to get lanky when it blooms, kind of taking over space from neighbors and flopping. So, after it blooms, I prune again to about 2' or so. I often get a second smaller bloom later in the late summer. It is a lovely shrub.
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