Friday, November 16, 2012

Goldflame Spirea in the Fall

Spirea x bumalda 'Goldflame' and Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
In November the real story in my garden is not blooms, but foliage.  I wanted to show you this spirea that I started from a cutting last spring.  Can you believe the color of those leaves?  I had no idea it would do that!  In the spring, the foliage is chartreuse like the sedum beside it in the photo.  How exciting that it changes so dramatically!

Sedum 'Angelina' has been quite a good plant, too.  It creeps around but not too aggressively, and the color draws your eye from across the lawn.  I have it in the same bed with my pinks.  I love how they mingle.

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10 comments:

  1. wow, super gorgeous! I would love something like that in my yard, how big does it get?

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    1. Hi Jen, The plant I took the cuttings from was about 2 1/2 feet tall and wide. According to the Monrovia website, it can get to be 3 or 4 feet tall and wide. You'll love it, I bet -- incredible color all spring, summer and fall.

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  2. I have Gold Mound Spirea now, had Gold Flame in VA. Love their fall colors. The yellows, reds, and golds in the spring are matched by their fall colors.

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    1. Janet, Spireas always surprise me with their charm. They're so common, yet great performers all season long.

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  3. That brilliant red is reason enough to grow it. Simply beautiful!

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    1. I agree, Pam. It's pure bonus that it looks so nice the rest of the season, too.

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  4. Early in my career we went on a tour of some NC nurseries where I saw a whole field of spirea in fall color. All the other leaves had fallen. I gushed about the color so much that the nursery owner gave me one.

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    1. The intensity of the color was really a surprise to me, especially since my plant doesn't get full sun. It's worth gushing over! I'm glad you got a plant out of it. Do you still grow it?

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    2. It conveyed when we sold our old house.

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  5. Stunning colour - for some reason I always walk past Spireas in the GCs - I need to stop doing that!!!! I'm really missing out on that gorgeous colour.

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