Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Day 13 of #90daysofblogging

Most bridal-wreath shrubs are spring bloomers with numerous tiny pink or white flowers. Also known as the Vanhoutte spirea, it grows six to eight feet tall and 10 to 12 feet in diameter. The bridal-wreath has a disnctly fountainlike growth habit, with a round top and arching branches that curve to the ground, covered with tufts of small white flowers all the way. The bridal-wreath has small greenish-blue leaves, turning plum-colored in the fall.
How to grow: Although the shrub will grow well in medium shade, full sun produces more flowers. It adapts well to most soils. To keep the bridal-wreath in top shape, prune back one-third of the old flowering wood each year after it finishes blooming.
Uses: An excellent accent plant, the bridal-wreath is also good for informal hedges or screens and is well suited to mixed shrub borders

We have always called it a Bridal Bush, ours is white. I don't think I have ever noticed or saw a pink one. But I do think they are very pretty in their own way. Just the name itself makes it special. Ours grows after our Apple/Crabtree is almost done blooming. I do love the ways things bloom in our yard, there is something blooming at all times. Below is the one we have in our yard. On the other side of this fence is a creek that runs along the side of our house. NOT as pretty as the part that runs along my neighbor in the back but still we get some fantastic birds here because of it. We have a family of ducks and their babies every year but we don't always see the babies. 
Below the yellow bird feeder (one of many we have in the yard, and yes Sandee, it is full LOL) is a bird bath that draws alot of birds also. I love sitting on my front porch and just watching all the birds.

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Sandy said...

It is putting on a fabulous show.. I love the pretty delicate white flowers it has.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite shrubs!!! We have one too and it's definitely one of my favorites!

SandeeNC said...

Wow, what a beautiful bush, do you make any wreaths from it? Glad to hear the bird feeder is full, gotta keep our feathered friends happy!! said...

Sounds like your yard goes through beautiful changes.. different areas at a time.. sounds gorgeous!! I have never seen or heard of this bridal plant. :)