A little inspiration goes far and a walk through my parent's backyard this weekend gave me a beautiful display of contrasting color. Bearded iris in yellow and purple dance among the early morning sunbeams with white to smooth the contrast. This color scheme can be duplicated in the garden by using a couple of new varieties of white flowering birchleaf spiraeas, i.e. Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' and the new yellow leaf variety from Proven Winners 'Tor Gold' aka Glow Girl.
If you have not offered either of these plants to your customers, you should. Both have an awesome display of fall color with nice white flowers in the spring. The white flowers work well in most landscapes to accent other colors or to create a vintage garden look.
Spiraea betulifolia Glow Girl 3PW
The interesting part about Glow Girl is the vibrant lemon-lime foliage reaching 3'-4' in the landscape. This adds more color and interest than having all green foliage shrubs. Glow Girl is currently available in a 3 gallon size.
Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor' #3
Tor reaches 2'-3' tall with a rounded habit and can display orange, red, purple fall foliage. It is available in a #3 container size. Use Tor as a foundation and Glow Girl as an accent shrub. Limited quantities in #3 container.
Then add into the border Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue' 18-24" tall, the 1993 Perennial Plant of the Year or Veronica 'Glory' or Royal Candles 12-18" tall for the contrast with violet-blue spikelike racemes of indeterminate blooms that will create a little happiness in the landscape. #1 containers.
All of these plants like moist well drained soil for the best performance. Order your contrasting colors today!
By Sheila Balaun, Inventory Control and Customer Service