Monday, 3 January 2011
Nobody loves Spiraea. They're just not the kind of plant you can get emotional about. But they fill a gap in the border, and the flowers and foliage are not bad. Apparently they have the same medicinal properties as willows - aspirin and all that. Native Americans used to chew the bark and twigs. This is spiraea japonica, pink flowers in the summer, but the best thing about this one is the bronze foliage which is gorgeous. The tiny threads of web suggest that maybe the snow hasn't killed everything.