Color From Shrubs

Limemound Spirea

Limemound Spirea against a holly backdrop

Oftentimes we forget how beautifully contrasting foliage colors can be so effective. In my front yard, against a background of dark green hollies, I put this urn and planted a Limemound Spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Limemound’) in full sun. With its lime-colored foliage, it is an instant accent in a perfect place to be viewed at the end of the drive. An added bonus is that it has a surprising pink bloom in summer. The foliage color and blooms are almost gaudy together. Once a freeze occurs in fall, and the foliage drops, I tuck violas around it for winter and early spring color. Another bonus is that this plant–even in the ground–rarely gets over four feet and can take a bit of dry, which makes it even more attractive as a good plant for a container.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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