March has come in like a lamb this year and all the early spring blooms in my garden love it. One plant in particular that is really outstanding is Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'.
I purchased this spirea based solely on the amazing chartreuse color, willow-like leaves and delicate form. It is such a wonderful companion to so many other plants that I have kept it in a pot so that I can move it around the garden as I see fit. The bright yellow-green foliage held its color throughout the summer and then in fall it turned an equally brilliant blend of salmon-orange.
Spireas in general are carefree, vigorous growers so I knew I was bringing home a workhorse, but I didn't realize just how wonderful 'Ogon' was until now. This plant has been blooming its head off since mid-February! Even a week of below freezing temperatures and sleet hasn't slowed it down!
If you want to try this shrub in your garden be sure to give full sun to partial shade, good drainage and room to spread - when content it will grow 3 to 4 feet tall and equally as wide!