Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

You Glow Girl!

by Susan Littlefield

To get the most from your landscape plants, keep in mind what they offer as the seasons change. A flowering shrub may look gorgeous in full bloom, but what does it offer when it's not in flower? For the biggest impact from your plants, try to include as many with multi-season interest as you can.

One such plant that offers a changing show from spring to fall is the new Glow Girl® Birchleaf Spirea (Spiraea 'Tor Gold') from Proven Winners. New leaves emerge tinged with copper in spring, changing to a bright lime green; then buds with hints of red open to clusters of white flowers. Summer foliage is a sunny yellow that holds its color well and doesn't burn. Finally, in fall the leaves turn to shades of rosy red. This compact shrub gets 3-4 feet tall and wide, making it easy to use in many landscape settings. Adapted to zones 3-9, it does well in full sun or part shade and isn't fussy about soil. Prune right after flowering, as it blooms on old wood.

To find out more about Glow Girl® Birchleaf spirea, go to Proven Winners. (Image courtesy of Proven Winners)

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