Plant of the Week: DOUBLE PLAY® CANDY CORN® Spirea

Spring is off to a stuttering start in much of North America. Snow in January means skiing; snow in April means swearing. But spring is really, really trying to happen – the Double Play® Candy Corn® spirea is leafing out!

It’s hard to miss that bright red new growth. While we often think of pastels for spring, I prefer a bold primary color. It’s kind of how right now we are all binging on leftover Easter candy, and not thinking about Halloween, yet here’s Double Play® Candy Corn®. That said, I’ll take jelly beans over candy corn, thank you very much.

The foliage will turn yellow and orange as the season progresses, and in late spring we’ll see purplish flowers appear. This is a really colorful little plant for beds, borders, and containers.

Double Play® Candy Corn® grows 1.5-2.5′ tall and wide and is hardy in USDA 4-8. It will grow in full sun or part shade.

Granville Gardeners Expo!

This Saturday I’ll be giving not one, but two talks at the Granville Gardeners Expo in Oxford, NC. It’s just north of Raleigh/Durham. If you’re in the area, stop by and hear about our fantastic line of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® roses, and some nifty companion plant suggestions for each. Then at noon I’ll be talking about “Hydrangea Heroes!” where you’ll hear about hydrangea care, plus some hydrangea introductions that are so good they seem to have superpowers! Hope to see you! – Natalie

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