Fast growing and low maintenance shrubs your garden needs this spring.
Happy Wednesday! Has Spring arrived in your neck of the woods? We’ve been in a state of ‘weather whiplash’ lately with rain, blustery winds, hail, freeze warnings, a tornado watch and 80 degree temperatures. . . all in one week! I’m thankful that the only snowballs I’ve seen with this crazy spring weather are the ones that are blooming!
Chinese Snowball Viburnum’s hydrangea-like blooms start out a soft spring green, changing over to cream and transitioning to white. It grows in zones 6 – 9 with a mature height and spread of 6 – 10 feet. It blooms on old wood, so you want to prune or shape soon after it finishes blooming. It’s wonderfully low maintenance, easy to grow and thrives in full or partial sun. If you don’t know your gardening zone, you can find a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and search by zip code, here. We’re in zone 7b in our area of North Carolina.
Doublefile Viburnum is another low maintenance beauty. . . plant her a sunny spot, give her plenty of room and watch her grow!
It’s hard to tell from my photo but she’s as wide or wider than tall, growing to 8 – 10 feet in height and matures to 15 – 20 feet wide.
The blooms grow out horizontally on the branches and resemble lace-cap hydrangeas.
Our Doublefile Viburnum is a ‘Shasta’ variety and receives full sun and grows in USDA zones 5 – 9.
Bridal Wreath Spirea has been beautiful this year! The graceful arching branches and have an old-fashioned appeal and look of a cottage garden.
It blooms best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Prune or shape your bridal wreath immediately after it blooms. Cut back a third of the canes, preferably the oldest and tallest, all the way to the ground to preserve the shrub’s naturally arching shape.
It’s a fast grower and is hardy in USDA zones 4 – 8 with a height of 5 – 9 feet and mature spread of 6 – 8 feet.
We planted another snowball viburnum by my Potting Shed two years ago.
It has been blooming with white snowballs for the first time this spring!
I highly recommend you plant a snowball viburnum if you have room in your landscape!
♥ Keep Calm and Garden On ♥
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