The Ultimate Guide to Growing Spirea: Tips and Advice from Proven Winners®


Spirea is a versatile shrub that has been beloved by gardeners for years. With its beautiful foliage and stunning flowers, it adds a touch of elegance to any garden. Spirea shrubs have small, serrated leaves that grow along arching stems. They can be low-growing or tall, reaching heights of up to 6 feet. One of the best things about spirea is its wide variety of colors. From the classic white blooms of the Bridal Wreath spirea to the vibrant pink flowers of the Candy Corn® spirea, there is a spirea variety to suit every taste.

Spireas are easy to grow and care for, making them a popular choice among gardeners of all skill levels. They thrive in full sun to light shade conditions and can tolerate a wide range of soil types. Spireas are also deer resistant, making them a good choice for gardens located in areas with deer populations. As long as they are planted in well-draining soil and receive adequate watering during dry periods, spireas will thrive.

When it comes to pruning, spireas are forgiving plants. They can be pruned during late winter or early spring. To promote vigorous growth and more flowers, cut back 1/3 of the old stems to the ground. This will encourage the growth of new, colorful stems. While spireas don’t require heavy feeding, a light application of fertilizer in the spring can help to improve their overall growth and blooming.

For specific planting and care instructions for each spirea variety, be sure to consult individual Proven Winners® planting guides. Proven Winners® offers a wide variety of spireas, including the popular Proven Winners® Let’s Dance® series, which features reblooming spireas that produce waves of blooms throughout the summer. Some other popular spirea varieties include the Proven Winners® Double Play® Big Bang™, the Proven Winners® Double Play® Candy Corn®, and the Proven Winners® Birchleaf spirea.

In conclusion, spirea is the ultimate shrub for any garden. With its beautiful and colorful flowers, along with its easy care and vigorous growth, it is sure to be a standout in any landscape. Whether you are a beginner gardener or a seasoned pro, spirea is a great choice for adding beauty and elegance to your outdoor space.

Spirea White – Pruning Winter Care and Fertilizing

Spirea White is a frost-resistant shrub that has a wide range of growing conditions. It can be a perennial shrub that works well in colder climates with snowy winters. When caring for Spirea White, proper pruning is important, as it promotes improved blooming and overall plant health.

When pruning Spirea White, it is recommended to remove any dead or damaged branches. This can be done in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges. Additionally, pruning can be done after the shrub has finished blooming to maintain its size and shape.

Fertilizing Spirea White can also help with its overall health and performance. Using a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 or 14-14-14, can provide the necessary nutrients for optimal growth. Fertilizer should be applied in early spring, just as new growth begins to emerge.

Spirea White is a vigorous grower and can be used in various landscape settings. It can be planted along with other shrubs to create a colorful and cascading effect. In pots, it can be used as a focal point or as a companion plant to other flowers.

If you’re not sure how to care for Spirea White, check out our Ultimate Growing Guide from Proven Winners® for more information. It provides specific instructions on pruning, fertilizing, and caring for Spirea White and other types of spirea plants.

So give Spirea White a try in your landscape or pots. Its bright white blooms and large leaves will add a touch of beauty to any garden. And with the proper care, this winter-hardy shrub will continue to thrive year after year.

If you have any FAQ’s about Spirea White or need more information, our guides and resources are here to help. So don’t hesitate to ask. And remember, with Proven Winners®, gardening is made easy!

Spirea – The Ultimate Growing Guide from Proven Winners®

Spirea is a versatile plant that can be a beautiful addition to any garden. With its variety of colors, sizes, and types, it offers endless possibilities for your plantings. Whether you prefer pink, white, or purple flowers, Spirea has a type for everyone.

When growing Spirea, it is important to follow a few simple steps to ensure its success. First, choose a sunny location for your plantings. Spirea thrives in full sun and will grow best in a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day.

Care for your Spirea plants by providing regular watering and fertilizer. Spirea bushes are fast growers and will benefit from a weekly deep watering during dry periods. Fertilizing once in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer will promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.

If your Spirea shrubs become too large or overgrown, they can be pruned back in early spring. Remove any dead or crossed branches to improve the overall shape of the plant. Be sure to cut the branches back to a bud or lateral branch to encourage new growth.

Spirea is a hardy perennial that can withstand cold temperatures. However, it is important to protect your plants during frost. Cover the Spirea with a blanket or burlap sack to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.

There are several varieties of Spirea to choose from, each with its own specific care needs. The Proven Winners® spirea collection includes favorites like the ‘Doozie’, ‘Candy Corn’, and ‘Birchleaf’ spirea.

When planting Spirea, make sure to space them properly. Most varieties of Spirea grow to be about three feet tall and wide, so give them enough room to grow.

Deer tend to stay away from Spirea plants, making them a good choice for areas with deer problems. However, if deer do become a problem, there are several deer repellents available at your local hardware store that can be applied to the plants.

When caring for Spirea, keep in mind that they are easy to grow but do require some maintenance. Follow our care guides and your Spirea will bloom brighter and more vigorously each year.

To learn more about the different types of Spirea and how to grow them, visit the Proven Winners® website or do a quick Google search. They have a wealth of information and resources available to help you successfully grow Spirea in your garden.

In conclusion, Spirea is a versatile and beautiful plant that is easy to grow and care for. With its variety of colors, sizes, and types, there is a Spirea for every garden. Follow our guide and your Spirea plants will thrive and become a focal point in your garden.


Spirea is an easy-to-grow shrub that can add a colorful and vibrant touch to your garden. Whether you choose a white variety like birchleaf spirea or one of the many pink or red bloomers, spirea is sure to be a doozie in your landscape.

When planting spirea, make sure to choose a variety that is suited for your growing conditions. Spirea is a hardy shrub that can tolerate a wide range of conditions, but some varieties are more resistant to deer and harsh winter conditions than others. Proven Winners® offers a variety of spirea shrubs that have been improved for their resistance to deer and winter damage.

To plant spirea, start by preparing the soil. Spirea prefers well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Use a shovel or garden fork to loosen the soil and remove any weeds or grass that may be present. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball of the spirea plant and place the plant in the hole. Backfill the hole with soil, ensuring that the plant is at the same level as it was in the container. Water the plant thoroughly to help settle the soil.

After planting, caring for spirea is relatively easy. Spirea should be watered regularly, especially during dry periods. It is also a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Spirea can benefit from an annual application of slow-release fertilizer in the spring. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for application rates.

Pruning spirea is also important for maintaining its shape and promoting healthy growth. Spirea blooms on new wood, so it is best to prune the shrubs in early spring before new growth begins. Remove any dead or damaged branches, as well as any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. This will help to improve air circulation and reduce the risk of disease. It will also encourage the shrub to produce more blooms.

Spirea is a great companion plant for many other types of plants. Its colorful blooms and green foliage can provide a beautiful backdrop for your garden. Try planting spirea near other flowering shrubs, such as azaleas or hydrangeas, to create a mass of color. Spirea also works well as a hedge or border plant, providing structure and interest to your landscape.

In summary, spirea is an easy-to-grow shrub that can add a colorful and vibrant touch to your garden. With their resistance to deer and winter damage, and the wide variety of bloom colors and shrub types available, spirea is the ultimate choice for any garden. Use this guide to planting and caring for spirea to ensure your plants stay healthy and bloom for many years to come.


Spirea plants come in a variety of types, each with its own specific characteristics and growing conditions. Whether you’re looking for a fast-growing shrub, a cascading ground cover, or a perennial with colorful blooms, there’s a type of spirea that will fit your needs.

Here are some of the most popular spirea plant types:

Type Characteristics Best Use Size
Blue-Green Large, blue-green foliage and cascading growth Ground cover, border plant 1-2 feet tall, 5-6 feet wide
Birchleaf Improved variety with purple foliage Mass planting, companion plant 4-5 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide
Winter Frost™ Fast-growing with white flowers and green foliage Back of the border, foundation planting 3-4 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide
Double Play® Compact and vigorous growth with pink flowers Front of the border, foundation planting 2-3 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide

Spirea plants are easy to grow and can be planted in full sun or partial shade. They are generally hardy and can withstand cold winter conditions. Some spirea types, like the Birchleaf variety, are also resistant to deer.

If you’re unsure how to care for your spirea plants, make sure to consult the Proven Winners’ Ultimate Growing Guide for detailed information on fertilizer, planting, and pruning. Additionally, Google can be a good resource for finding specific information on certain spirea plant types.

Overall, spirea plants are a great addition to any garden. With their beautiful blooms, colorful foliage, and versatile growth habits, they are sure to bring beauty and interest to your outdoor space for many years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I promote mass blooms on my spirea shrub?

A: To promote mass blooms, it is recommended to prune your spirea shrub in early spring before new growth begins. This will help stimulate new growth and result in more flowers.

Q: Can spirea plants be used as a cut flower?

A: Yes, spirea flowers make great cut flowers and can be used in floral arrangements. Just make sure to cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and place them in a clean vase with fresh water.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.