Japanese spireas

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Pink wands of early spirea

Beckie Fox

Spireas are generally bulletproof shrubs, easily found at most garden centres. Many of us are familiar with the ubiquitous bridal wreath variety (Spiraea x vanhouttei), blooming in early June. New cultivars of Japanese spirea (S. japonica) are popular, too.

Campfire roses bearclusters of flowers with 20 petals that open yellow and develop pink edges that gradually spread and turn rose-red before they drop. (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

Three tricoloured plants for Canada’s 150th party

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Flowering plants that simultaneously bear blooms of three different colours – tricoloured plants – Campfire rose, ‘Genpei’ Japanese spirea, Carnaval weigela