Spirea Shirobana Gernpei commonly known as Josephs Coat Spirea, is a stunning small deciduous shrub. Spirea are native to the Norther Hemisphere and found prolifically in Eastern Asia they are also part of the Rosaceae family which in turn is part of the rose family.
They are bushy in habit and their abundant display of red, pink and white flowers all on the same plant, are produced in profusion over a lengthy flowering period from June right through until October, against a background of mid green foliage.
Spirea Japonica make an attractive addition to any garden whether being used as a low informal hedge or edging plant or to cover a bank as ground cover. They can also be used as a colourful addition to patios when planted in pots or planters. These versatile hardy little shrubs will grow in full sun or partial shade in any reasonable soil but should the soil be chalky then they will welcome a generous mix of organic matter to the existing chalky soil.
Planting as a hedge one should allow 3-5 plants per metre which will allow the hedge to be kept from 80cm-100ch high and if using as ground cover then 4-6 plants per square metre will make an excellent show. Their growth rate is approximately 20cm per year and we recommend trimming in spring to keep a neat and tidy shape to the plant.
Our Spirea are sold as bare rooted plants for planting from November through until March. This is an inexpensive way to purchase plants particularly if buying larger quantities. We recommend preparing the ground in advance of your order arriving but should the weather be against you then putting the plants in a cool unheated area with the roots protected from frost would allow planting within approx. 5 days of delivery.
If you would like any further information about these or any other of our bare root plants then do not hesitate to call us and we will happy to assist you.