Sparkling Carpet Spirea
Spiraea japonica 'Sparkling Carpet'
Sparkling Carpet Spirea foliage
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Height: 8 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Spiraea x bumalda
Looking like a tiny version of the popular Goldflame spirea with its golden foliage, attractive pink flowers and blazing fall color, this spreading dwarf is more like a groundcover perennial than a shrub and is best used as such, great for the rock garden
Sparkling Carpet Spirea features showy clusters of rose flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive gold deciduous foliage which emerges antique red in spring. The tiny serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall.
Sparkling Carpet Spirea is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Sparkling Carpet Spirea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Sparkling Carpet Spirea will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Sparkling Carpet Spirea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.