Spiraea 'Arguta'

Bridal wreath

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

The garland spiraea or bridal wreath, formerly known as S. x arguta, is a popular hybrid, widely planted for its profuse spring flowers an old alternative name is May foam. It is one of the larger spiraeas, ideal for growing towards the back of the border, where it can make a soft green background for other plants after its lavish spring display of pure white flowers in neat crowded clusters. Bushes tolerate hard pruning, which helps keep the spreading growth to more manageable proportions, and may be planted closely as a dense informal hedge. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Spiraea

Cultivar: Arguta

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to prune: March to April

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