Saturday, December 19, 2009

Spiraea x bumalda, Red May

Spiraea x bumalda, Red May

This small deciduous shrub from Japan produces masses of delicate flowers over Summer and is a delightful addition to any garden. Best planted in a group of three for more impact, it is useful in a semi shaded courtyard or tucked under larger growing shrubs as a border planting. The flowers have masses of tiny prominent stamens which have been used as inspiration in Japan as a decorative motif on porcelain. There is a gold foliaged variety available as well called "Gold Flame", though the colour of the leaves clashes with the flower and it appears a bit lurid. Shearing off spent flowers during the coming months improves the overall appearance of this hardy and worthwhile shrub.
2017 update: I currently don't have any stock.

1 comment:

  1. I have not seen this flower. I'll be on the lookout to get a plant.