When planning a low-maintenance landscape to escape into after a busy day...don't forget about texture! Feed your eyes a daily serving of contrasting surfaces to keep your interest all season.
Try the exceptional Ash Leaf Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) as a fast-growing accent shrub. They feature a graceful and unique appearance that engage people's imaginations.
Deciduous Ash Leaf Spirea spreads quickly in moist, well-drained soil. This is an excellent plant choice for soil retention efforts on a slope or open area.
You'll enjoy this vigorous shrub as a beautiful backdrop....simply give them the space to expand into the mature spread listed on the Plant Highlights. False Spirea is among the easiest flowering shrubs to grow, and are tolerant of most well-drained soils.
At a distance, the feathery compound leaves held on the multi-stemmed branch structure look soft and organic. Take a step closer to peek at the charming colorfully, corrugated foliage held in horizontal sprays!
The pretty range of hues displayed by the new growth is unbelievable! You'll see heathered purple, orange, pinks on the same branch...highlighted against the mature deep-green leaves.
Very large plumes of creamy-white flowers bloom well above the showy foliage in early summer. As you can imagine, the butterflies adore their plentiful nectar!
All summer, you'll have a lovely wall of green touched here and there with vibrant color. Let it shield your outdoor space in a private Eden.
Once temperatures dip in autumn, all of the leaves saturate to a deep brick-red. The fall color display is simply stunning!
Order Ash Leaf Spirea from Nature Hills for a lyrical look that piques your interest all season long!
How to Use Ash Leaf Spirea in the Landscape
This is a shrub worthy of deeper study. Take advantage of that welcome trait by using one as a showy specimen in a high-profile area.
Perhaps it could be grown as a focal point in a Zen Garden. You'll never get tired of the intricate, wispy growth patterns.
Corral a specimen with a clearly defined boundary. Use rough-hewn landscape stones set in a circle; and you'll realize effective interplay between free-form and structure.
On a larger property, you can even install a hedge to create "living walls" of an outdoor garden room. Have you always wanted a Secret Garden...or perhaps just a dedicated spot to do Yoga without an audience!
This choice also looks incredible used along the sunny edge of mature trees. Repeat the form of their towering flower spires with a dramatic planting of Marcus Spirea or Royal Candles Speedwell Veronica at their base to grow into a spectacular feature that requires very little maintenance.
If you have the room, pull the Ash Leaf Spirea out away from the tree by 10 feet or so; then place a collection of large-leaved Hosta on their north side. Carve out a private space for "me-time" with a comfy hammock chair stand and table...you'll never regret it!
You can even turn a tough, barren slope into a valuable garden asset with Ash Leaf Spirea and a lot of wood mulch! Space them six feet apart on center, staggering the planting pattern in a zigzag for faster fill.
Commercial property owners can also create beauty where there was once only jumble with a mass planting. Your tenants will enjoy three showy seasons of interest, all for consistent weeding and a periodic pruning once a year.
Grow Ash Leaf Spirea in either full sun or partial shade, with at least four hours of sunlight a day. Use Nature Hills Root Booster for life-long support of your landscape plants.
Supply a moderate amount of water on a regular basis for best results. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch to keep the root system nice and cool; but keep it away from touching the stems.
Prune to shape in early spring. For a manicured look, trim off any basal suckers...or allow them to develop as a planned naturalized thicket for a wonderfully modern look.
Versatile Ash Leaf Spirea just wants to make you happy! Order yours today and enjoy their appealing whimsy starting this season.
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Sorbaria sorbifolia|
|Mature Height||5 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 10 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil||Adaptable to Most Soils|
|Pruning Time||Late Winter|