Various spireas, both spring-flowering and summer-flowering, have firmly taken their place in urban landscaping, in gardens and parks. Spiraea gray grefshame belongs to one of the most attractive and long-flowering garden shrubs.
All varieties of gray spirea belong to the deciduous shrubs of the Pink family. They reach a height of one to two to three meters. Most representatives of gray spirea in height are on average able to reach up to 2.5 meters, and the height of gray spirea is about one meter.
The branches of a young bush are straight, and an adult plant is curved and drooping down. The leaves are narrow, green or gray-green. Gray spireas bloom in spring, in the second half of May, flowering is long, up to five to six weeks, ends at the end of June. White flowers are collected in inflorescences - shields that cover the entire shoot.
In cultural plant growing, gray spireas are most often used:
- Spirea gray grefsheim, planting in the garden
- Spirea care
- Spirea gray in a garden landscape
Spirea gray grefsheim, planting in the garden
Spiraea gray Grefsheim is distinguished by its short stature, abundant snow-white long flowering and decorative, light, openwork crown. Arcuate shoots lean to the very surface of the earth, and white inflorescences give them the appearance of miraculous lace. The shrub is winter-hardy and suitable for growing in climatic zones with a long period of winter temperatures below zero.
Almost all spireas reproduce in three ways:
For the propagation of spirea gray grefshame, rooting of cuttings is most often used. Cuttings can be harvested only after the shrub has completely bloomed. Young, green cuttings are not suitable for rooting. It is necessary to prepare cuttings from already lignified shoots. After cutting off part of the shoot, it is necessary to remove the top with an oblique cut and cut all leaf plates in half.
For rooting cuttings of spirea, a small greenhouse, greenhouse or special box is suitable. The soil for rooting should be light, loose and moist.
Cuttings should be planted at a distance of up to 20 cm from each other, the soil should not be allowed to dry out, therefore, before the roots appear, its moisture must be monitored. Spirea can be planted in a permanent place both in autumn and spring. Despite its unpretentiousness, gray spirea still needs minimal care.
All spireas belong to light-loving shrubs, but they also tolerate partial shade. They feel good on any soil, but it is better to give preference to slightly acidic soil. Before flowering, the spirea should be fertilized with a complex mineral fertilizer; Kemira fertilizers are optimal for these purposes. The following dressings can be carried out with phosphorus or potassium-phosphorus mixtures.
Since the cascading shoots provide a decorative aesthetic appearance and a neat shape to the spirea grefshame, it does not need additional pruning. In the spring, you can only remove frozen shoots, as well as carry out anti-aging and sanitary pruning. In the fall, it is necessary to remove all the weed from under the bush and mulch the trunks with peat, deciduous soil, or wood chips.
In order to avoid damage to the shoots during heavy snowfalls, the crown of the gray spirea can be slightly pulled with twine and covered with any material.
Spirea bushes practically do not get sick and are not attacked by insects, so caring for it is not a heavy duty, but light pleasant chores, for which the plant will thank with its longevity and beauty. In landscape design, other plants can also emphasize the beauty of spirea gray grefshame.
Spirea gray in a garden landscape
Due to its compact size, the Grefsheim spirea is best used in group plantings. A family of 3 to 5 plants will look attractive in small gardens. In more spacious areas, this shrub is also suitable for ceremonial alleys.
Other representatives of the genus will be good neighbors for sulfur spirea:
- spirea argut
- spiraea nippon
- spirea average
As well as other ornamental shrubs:
- colquicia adorable
- multiflorous goose
Conifers will also perfectly set off the beauty of the blooming spirea.
Spiraea gray grefshame is able to grow on any soil, in the sun and in partial shade, withstanding full shade, reducing only the number of inflorescences. In addition, this shrub is a real long-liver; with proper care, it lives and blooms for more than 30 years in one place.
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